Sheriff: Gun residue on Ohio man who freed animals

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio sheriff is reporting more evidence that a man killed himself after setting loose dozens of wild, exotic animals he owned.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says testing by state investigators has confirmed that Terry Thompson had gunshot residue on his hands when he died Oct. 18.

Lutz says that doesn't prove Thompson committed suicide on his property near Zanesville in eastern Ohio. But the sheriff tells the Zanesville Times Recorder he's comfortable in his belief that Thompson took his own life by shooting himself through the mouth with a handgun.

Police were forced to kill 48 escaping animals, including bears, lions and endangered Bengal tigers.

Lutz says the investigation into Thompson's death is mostly done.

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