MANZANITA, Ore. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man who apparently took his own life on a trail overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The Oregon State Police says several people reported the death just before 9 p.m. on Friday after hearing a gunshot and finding the man at the end of a trail.

The trail leads from a viewpoint along Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast, between Oswald West State Park and Manzanita in Tillamook County.

Investigators say the victim was identified as Brian ALlan Bitton, age 44.

First responders confirmed the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They say he was still in possession of a handgun. His vehicle was found near the trail entrance.

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