Brian Laundrie’s inquest found he died after self-inflicted gunshot wound

Brian Laundrie was 28 when he died

An inquest into the death of a man who was found dead in his car after taking a swig of alcohol found he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Brian Laundrie, 28, from Cork, Ireland, died on Sunday, 21 July, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

He was found after his family raised concerns about his welfare.

Coroner John Ellery, who recorded a verdict of suicide, said the cause of death was a shot to the head.

He said when officers arrived at the scene they saw Mr Laundrie being wheeled to an ambulance.

But Mr Ellery said: “He was incoherent and appeared incapable of explaining to doctors and ambulance staff what he was doing.

“He was not cooperative and did not co-operate as he was being led into the ambulance.”

Mr Laundrie had moved to the UK several years ago after meeting his girlfriend in Ireland.

In a statement, Mrs Laundrie said: “It is a really hard time for the family and we are struggling to cope as we feel we can not bury Brian now that the coroner has given his verdict.

“His grieving will continue for a long time yet and at times we feel we are going through all of these stages again, and will have to wait for the formal post-mortem results on the next of kin.”

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