19 April 2004
A Topeka ophthalmologist has died from injuries suffered
in a hunting accident Sunday in Lyon County.
Dr. Paul E. Young died Sunday after being struck with
pellets from a 12-gauge shotgun, said Lyon County Undersheriff Richard Old.
Young was shot at about 8:30 a.m. while hunting turkey on his property in
the far northeast corner of Lyon County.
Old said the shooting was reported as a hunting accident,
however, it will be investigated.
"I haven't found anything to make me suspect otherwise,
and we'll do a thorough job of (investigating) it," he said.
Young was hunting with Anthony Alexander about 20 miles
northeast of Emporia. Authorities said Alexander believed he was firing at a
turkey, but it turned out to be turkey decoys in Young's back pocket.
Old said there is no cell phone service in the area, so
Alexander went to a house about a mile away for help. Young was taken by a
helicopter ambulance to The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City,
Kan., where he died.
An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, Old said.
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