A man was found in a park with a rifle shot to his head. The weapon was found about 100 feet from the body. The police correctly ruled 'suicide' and closed the case.

Explain?

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Solution 1/ When he shot himself he was standing on the edge of a building / cliff / bridge with a 100 foot drop and either the man or the rifle fell 100 feet after he shot himself.
Solution 2/ The body was dragged 100 feet by a wild animal.</span hide>

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Boy, that rifle must have packed quite a punch! Or did he roll down a hill?</span hide>

Alan

Tony: Obviously there are a number of possible answers to this 'puzzle'. Your second solution is very very close to the one that I know while 1) is possible but a bit involved for my taste.

Alan: Your first suggestion (cannot really call it a solution) is a bit off the mark while your second is possible but not the answer that I have.

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">The 'man who was found with a rifle shot to his head' wasn't the actual suicide, but the unfortunate second recipient of the bullet which had been fired by another person in a successful attempt to kill him/herself whilst standing about 100 feet away.</span hide>
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<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">He deliberately walked into a rifle-range in the park and placed his head behind a target, about 100 feet from the marksman.</span hide>

I think the first would have been ruled 'man slaughter' (or even 'murder' if the shooter had taken very careful aim) while the second certainly qualifies for a solution but is not the solution that I know.

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">The body was found by somebody walking a dog after the dog found the rifle and brought it back to its owner.</span hide>

Ah - that assumes that a 'rifle shot to the head' means the guy is dead!

ahhhh close enough. The solution that I know has the police finding teeth marks on the butt that shows that a dog dragged the gun away from the body. This is an old one and I was reminded of it when I saw my dog running away with a knife in its mouth (he and i had a stern talk about running with a knife, etc, etc).

I was considering starting with "A dead man was found in a park with a fatal rifle shot to his head." but I thought that that was over-kill with descritions etc. I guess that next time, I need to be more specific (don't i say that at the end of each thread).