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Sheriff Said that Hunting Camp Shooting was Justified

CODY, Wyo. - No charges will be filed in the shooting death of a Cody man at a hunting camp last month.

Park County Sheriff Dave Doyle said the Oct. 1 shooting during an elk hunting trip in a remote area northwest of Cody was in self-defense and, therefore, justified.

''The physical evidence and witness accounts were investigated thoroughly,'' he said.

Maurie Buffington, 57, bled to death after being shot in the knee. Doyle said he was shot during an argument with another hunter, Randall Turechek, of Cody.

According to Doyle, the men began fighting about an earlier argument over who would shoot the first elk. Buffington had apparently shot his elk out of sequence, Doyle said.

Turechek shot Buffington in the knee after he and another hunter from Georgia, who has not been identified, unsuccessfully tried to stop Buffington from hitting Turechek in the head with a flashlight, Doyle said.

Both men tried to stop the bleeding by applying tourniquets to Buffington's leg, but he ultimately bled to death, Doyle said.

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