Hawaii man calls for help after accidentally shooting himself — and mysteriously dies in police custody
A Hawaii man died in police custody after calling for help when he accidentally shot himself.
Jonathan Watson called police Monday morning to report that he shot himself in the left leg, and officers went to his Kau home to investigate, reported West Hawaii Today.
Police said the 46-year-old Watson, whose leg was bandaged, came out of the house “in an aggressive manner” and then began fighting with officers, who took him into custody.
Officers went into his home, which he hand-built from lava, and searched for additional victims or other evidence in the shooting investigation.
They said Watson started kicking at them before losing consciousness, and they said he was unresponsive.
Police took Watson to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead several hours later.
An autopsy failed to reveal a cause of death, and toxicology test results won’t be available for several weeks, investigators said.
The medical examiner said the gunshot wound was non-life-threatening.
Neighbors said Watson was reclusive, but they said he sometimes used his masonry skills to help them at their homes.
His handmade home stands in a large field of a’a lava on the Big Island, with dramatic ocean views.