New details on the circumstances behind the Aug. 25 death of a Sunnydale Road man are contained in a sheriff's deputy's report.

Kenneth Oval Hensley, 67, died of chest injures suffered after a shotgun he was carrying on his tractor apparently accidentally discharged, Deputy Anthony Pruitt said in a report.

Hensley died of chest injures suffered in the shotgun blast, the report said.

Deputies were dispatched to 492 Susong Road at Hensley' farm in the Kelly Gap community. On arrival, a man identified as Hensley was seen "slumped over the left side of a tractor that ran into the side of of an outbuilding," the report said.

A 12-gauge shotgun was on the ground by the tractor.

Deputies learned that Hensley "was coming in from the field on the tractor with the (shotgun)," the report said.

Family members told investigators that Hensley always carried the shotgun with him while he was on the farm.

"The shotgun dropped from the tractor and accidentally discharged, striking Mr. Hensley in his right side chest area causing death," the report said.

After detectives completed their investigation, Pruitt examined the single-shot gun.

The barrel contained an empty cartridge.

"Further inspection of the gun showed it to have a faulty trigger mechanism that allowed the firing pin to hit the shell primer just by pushing the hammer forward from the reset position," the report said.

An autopsy was performed last week. Hensley was found by a relative who arrived to help with farm work.

Hensley also carried a hosltered .38-caliber revolver as he worked on the farm, the report said.

Funeral services for Hensley were held Saturday.


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