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Hunting Death Case is Closed

11 November 2003

PETOSKEY, MI - The investigation into a hunting accident that took the life of a local man last month has been closed.

Emmet County Prosecutor Bob Engel announced Tuesday that he will not be issuing any criminal charges related to the death of Thomas Gary Alexander, 59, of Mackinaw City.

Engel said that William Alexander and Thomas Alexander, who are brothers, were duck hunting on French Farm Lake on Oct. 21 when the shooting accident occurred. French Farm Lake is located in Emmet County's Wawatam Township.

"Thomas Alexander died as a result of a gunshot wound received when William Alexander discharged a firearm at a duck," said Engel.

"After reviewing police reports regarding this matter, it is apparent that this was a tragic accident," said Engel. "I have talked with some of his family members regarding the investigation to get their input in this matter. I do not see how the criminal justice system will further any cause other than to bring additional pain to the family."

Engel stated that the investigation conducted by the Emmet County Sheriff's Department let to his conclusion that it was an accidental shooting which did not warrant criminal charges being brought.

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