A 27-year-old Mount Airy man was found dead on the beach in Ocean City on Tuesday morning, with what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers were called to the beach near 45th Street about 7:55 a.m. for reports of an unresponsive man lying on the beach with a rifle in his lap, Ocean City police said.

When they arrived, they found the man dead from what appeared to be a single gunshot wound, police said.

A .22 caliber rifle was recovered, police said.

The man's body was transported to the chief medical examiner's office for an autopsy. The man's name will not be released, police said.

The investigation into his death is ongoing, police said.

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