A Benson man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the way to turn himself in to jail on Monday evening, according to the Swift County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities received a 911 call at approximately 8pm from a driver stating that her passenger had shot himself.
62-year-old Bernard Drivdahl of Benson was later found dead at the scene. According to the driver, who was uninjured in the incident, she and Drivdahl were en route to the Swift County Jail so that Drivdahl could turn himself in on a warrant from the Department of Corrections.
The driver stated that she was not aware Drivdahl was in possession of a handgun at the time of the shooting. The incident remains under investigation.