Collinsville man killed in apparent accidental shooting

News-DemocratFebruary 24, 2014 

— A young man died in what police said may be an accidental shooting Sunday.

Andrew Birch, 23, of Collinsville died of a single gunshot wound to the head early Sunday morning. Collinsville police were called to the 600 block of Arrowhead at 1:30 a.m. on reports that someone had been shot. First responders transported Birch to Anderson Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Collinsville Police Maj. Tom Coppotelli said that there were three people located inside the residence along with Birch, and all individuals are cooperating with the investigation.

Coppotelli said they are not currently looking for any suspects in the shooting. While nothing has yet been ruled out, Coppotelli said they do not think that Birch's death was a suicide.

"We have information that leads us to believe this may have been an accidental shooting," Coppotelli said.

The Collinsville Police Department and Madison County Coroner's Office are continuing to investigate Birch's death.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 618-239-2507.

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