USM student's shooting no longer ruled as homicide

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The death certificate of a University of Southern Mississippi student who died from a gunshot wound in July will now list the cause of death as undetermined.

Hattiesburg police had been investigating the death of Lance Logan, 24, as a homicide and then later as a suicide. After three months of forensic research, the department now believes his death was probably accidental.

Logan was found dead in a unit at Point O'Woods apartments on July 14. He had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head in addition to a defensive wound on his arm.

A grand jury who met in September ruled there was no evidence of criminal activity in the case. Coroner Butch Benedict said the pathology reports show the path of the bullet indicated the shot came from the floor. He added Logan may have dropped the .22 caliber revolver, shielded his face, and then suffered a gunshot through the arm and head when the pistol went off.

With no evidence of foul play, and the angles of the injuries impossible for a suicide, the official record will show Logan's cause death is undetermined.

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