Lyons Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office are at odds over the reason for the death of a 49-year-old Riverside man at a Lyons shooting range last week.
The medical examiner’s office has ruled the death of Michael P. Babinsky a suicide, but Lyons police contend that Babinsky’s death was an accident based on their investigation, which included reviewing video surveillance footage obtained from the shooting range and interviews with others present at the time.
Officers were called to Midwest Guns, 8565 Plainfield Road, at about 1:55 p.m. on Sept. 17 after a gun discharged inside the store, which also houses a first-floor shooting range.
When officers arrived, they located Babinsky, who had suffered a serious self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Babinsky was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:36 p.m.
Following an autopsy, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Babinsky’s death a suicide.
Police Cmdr. Brian Kuratko responded that Lyons police consider the matter an accident.
“There’s nothing to us that indicates a suicide,” said Kuratko. “We’re saying it’s accidental based on what we’ve seen. We’re steadfast that this was accidental.”