Wheelersburg Man Accidentally Shot and Killed in Hunting Accident
By Shawn Doyle/The Ironton Tribune
31 December 2003
A Wheelersburg man died after he was accidentally shot by
a muzzleloader Saturday near the Lawrence/Scioto county line.
According to Lawrence County Sheriff Tim Sexton, Joey
Williams, 36, was fatally shot when a hunting companion, a 25-year-old male
from Caledonia whose name is not being released, slipped going up a steep
embankment and his weapon accidentally discharged, striking Williams in the
head. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by an investigator with the
Lawrence County Coroner's Office.
"We talked to witnesses there and we are certain it was an
accidental shooting," Sexton said. "As far as I'm concerned, the case is
closed. It was just a very tragic accident."
Sexton said since the accident happened in a wooded area
along the Lawrence and Scioto County lines, it was hard to say for certain
in which county the shooting took place. The nearest road to the incident,
Sexton said, is Bihl Road in Green Township in Scioto County. The Lawrence
County Sheriff's Office took the lead role in the investigation, assisted by
the Scioto County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio Game Wardens from both
counties, personnel from the Vernon and Green Township EMS and fire
departments from Scioto County.
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