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HUNTING ACCIDENT KILLS RIGBY MAN

October 11, 2004

By Brad Hudson

Rexburg -

A hunting accident over the weekend killed a 54 year old Rigby man. He was shot by a member of his own hunting party.

It happened Sunday afternoon along the Snake River in Madison County. When deputies they arrived, they found Kip Philip Leavitt dead at the scene.

Investigators say the group was pushing through thre brush. One of the hunters fired three shots at a deer, not knowing Leavitt was near the target. The deer was hit two times. While the hunters were processing the deer, they noticed Leavitt had not returned. They went out to look for him and discovered he had been hit with a slug from the shotgun. That's when they called 9-1-1. Authorities believe the first round hit Leavitt.

"At this point, we believe it is completely an accident. We don't believe charges will be filed at this time," says Madison County Sheriff Roy Klinger.

It was one of Leavitt's friends who fire (sic) the shots. Leavitt was not wearing hunter orange clothing.

The Sheriff's office says tragedies like this can be avoided by wearing proper attire and knowing where all members of the hunting party are before shooting.

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