Fatal shooting victim apparently shot himself accidentally

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A man found shot to death in his Antioch apartment on New Year’s Eve appears to have accidentally shot himself, a police sergeant said today.

Antioch police Sgt. Tony Morefield said police are investigating the death of 30-year-old Melvin Bryant Jr. as an accidental, self-inflicted shooting and that there appears to be no sign of foul play or suicide.

Police said officers responded around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday to several reports of a shooting at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of L Street, where they found Bryant suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said investigators interviewed witnesses at the scene and recovered a handgun.

On the same night, a 26-year-old man in East Palo Alto was also found to have accidentally shot himself in the head, according to police.

He survived his injuries and was taken to a hospital. An update on that man’s condition was not immediately available this afternoon.

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