Death of Man Found Shot in Lakeside City Ruled Accidental

Archer County Authorities have ruled the January shooting death of a Wichita Falls man as accidental.

The body of 55-year-old Paul Morath, Junior was found in early January in a small metal building off Highway 79 near Bowman Road.

Authorities say Morath died of an accidental gun shot wound. Officials say the firearm was not functioning properly and had either been intentionally modified or had broken.

It's unclear why Morath had the gun or what he was doing when it went off.

Morath was seen earlier that morning checking into work, and investigators say he probably had been dead for a few hours before being discovered by a co-worker.

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