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FATHER SHOOTS SON WHILE HUNTING

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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