A man is dead after apparently fatally shooting himself Monday afternoon in the desert near the Foothills.

According to Yuma County Sheriff's office spokesperson Alfonso Zavala, the incident is under investigation.

Zavala said that shortly after 2 p.m. deputies responded to the area of Foothills Boulevard and County 14th Street.

Once on scene, deputies searched the area and found a deceased man with what appears to have been a single gunshot wound.

The initial investigation indicates that the wound was self-inflicted, but the official determination will have to wait until an autopsy is performed.

The man's name is not being released.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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