By Tiani Jones
First Coast News
19 January 2004
MACCLENNY, FL -- A Saturday morning hunting trip in
Northwest Baker County ended abruptly when police say a father accidentally
shot his son.
According to the Baker County Sheriff's Department,
14-year-old Dennis Plucknett was shot in the head
after his father mistook him for an animal.
"He had a black toboggan cap on, and apparently he was
just moving his head around and that is what the father saw," said Baker
County Sheriff Joey Dobson.
The shooting took place at the Oak Hill Hunting club a
little after nine in the morning. Witnesses told police Alex wondered off
from the rest of the party.
A police investigation revealed the father was about 225
yards away from his son when the shot went off. The son was crouched down
inside a ditch, and his head was the only thing visible.
The Sheriff said, "The father fired one round of a 308
rifle into the back of the sons head."
The case will be reviewed by the state attorney's office,
but, police believe charges will not be filed.
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