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MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOT, KILLED ON OUTING WITH BROTHER

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Friday, December 24, 2004 Last updated 6:57 p.m. PT

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DUVALL, Wash. -- A 25-year-old Utah man was accidentally shot and killed on Christmas Eve when his brother apparently tripped, causing a gun to fire, according to television reports.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 28200 block of Cherry Valley Road in this rural northeast King County town. The victim and his 30-year-old brother had gone out to a field to either shoot targets or hunt, King County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Fuda said Friday night.

"The brother tripped, the gun was discharged and the younger brother was deceased," Fuda told KING-5 Television.

The older brother reportedly used a cell phone to call for help, saying the victim had been shot in the neck, KIRO Television reported. Unsure of where he was, the station said the man waited for the sound of ambulance sirens and helped direct paramedics to the scene by firing shots toward the ground.

Heavy fog and a large drainage ditch between the hunters and the ambulance reportedly hampered rescue efforts.

The sheriff's office did not immediately respond to a call seeking additional details about the incident.

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