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911 call released in Van Zandt Co. shooting

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Texas Rangers have been brought in to help investigate the shooting death of a Van Zandt County man.

Early Monday, sheriff's deputies found Shane Hutson, 28, dead of an apparent gunshot wound at a house off FM 1255.

Detectives say they are trying to piece together the events that led to Hutson's death. Sheriff Pat Burnett says this is one of the more unusual cases that he's worked because he said there's no clear, cut answer.

"It's still undetermined what the cause of death is at this time," said Burnett.  

But perhaps a 911 call made after the shooting from a home off FM 1255, could give investigators clues as to what led to his death. Authorities say the call was made by Hutson's girlfriend. According to detectives, she was the only person there at the time of his death.

Caller: "He had a gun and he went to shoot some hogs, and then he got upset and then he wanted to shoot himself. So, he was like playing with it and then it went off and he shot himself in the face and he's laying on the back porch. I think he's dead."

Burnett says Hutson's body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

"This may be one of those cases where it's referred to the Grand Jury," said Burnett.

Burnett says they questioned Hutson's girlfriend for several hours on Monday. Right now, they do not suspect foul play.

"This is a very tragic event for the family, for the friends. He had a number of friends up here yesterday in the lobby the whole time and the young lady was here and I talked to them and this was apparently a very good young man. Had a lot of friends and that says a lot about his character," said Burnett.

Burnett says they're bringing Hutson's girlfriend back for more questioning on Thursday. Burnett also says his investigators suspect that alcohol may have been a factor leading to the shooting.

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