A Washington resident has died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while taking selfies, police say.
The 43-year-old from Skagit County, north-west of the state, thought the gun was unloaded as he posed for the photo, it has been reported.
He was taking a photo with his girlfriend when he shot himself inside a property on February 28, according to the Skagit Valley Herald.
The victim’s girlfriend told police they had posed for several photos with the gun throughout the day.
According to Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Chief, Chad Clark, the man had loaded and unloaded bullets multiple times but did not know a bullet remained in the gun the final time he fired.
The death is being investigated as accidental and the man’s name has not been released, Clark added.
It is not the first time a person has died while taking a selfie with a loaded gun, 21-year-old Mexican Oscar Otero Aguilar had been drinking with friends when he accidentally killed himself in 2014.
He had been at home with his two housemates when neighbours heard a gun go off followed by screaming.
In September, a Japanese tourist died at India’s Taj Mahal while taking a selfie after falling down some stairs.
While in the UK, the Environment Agency warned against taking ‘storm selfies’ following an increase in people taking photos in severe weather.
More people died by taking selfies in the first nine months of 2014 than by shark attacks, it was reported.
Other research has revealed the countries where you are apparently most likely to die while taking a selfie, with Americans ‘ten times more likely to die in gun deaths’ than those in other countries.