Man Shot by Deer Hunter
Appleton Post Crescent, WI
Posted Dec. 15, 2003
Man shot by deer hunter
41-year-old man from Neenah mistaken for deer; condition
VINLAND - A 41-year-old Neenah man underwent surgery
Sunday after being shot in the chest by a hunter who apparently mistook him
for a deer.
Robert B. Keepers was listed in critical condition this
morning in the intensive-care unit at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.
Sgt. Todd Christie of the Winnebago County Sheriff's
Department said Keepers was struck in the upper chest by a hunter from about
100 yards away.
The identity of the hunter, a 21-year-old Neenah man, was
being withheld by authorities pending the outcome of an investigation of the
Christie said Keepers was cutting branches in a tree line
area on property at 2198 County GG when the incident occurred around 2:30
The shot was one of two fired by hunter and exited the
victim through his back, Christie said.
"At this point the hunter said he saw an object that was
brown and moving through the tree line through the cornfield," Christie
The hunter was with another man in the state Zone T hunt
and had permission to be on the property, Christie said.
The victim was taken to Theda Clark by ambulance.
Christie said investigators would return to the scene
today to complete an investigation that was halted when it became dark
The incident is being investigated by the sheriff's
department and the state Department of Natural Resources.
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