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Hunting incident sends man to hospital

New Bern Sun Journal
December 30, 2004
Roselee Papandrea
Freedom ENC

An Onslow County man was hit in the chest with a shotgun pellet Tuesday afternoon in an apparent hunting accident, Sheriff Ed Brown said.

Larry Batchelor, 35, of the Nine Mile Road area, was hunting with a group of people in the Five Mile Road area at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, Brown said in a written release.

"Someone shot at a deer, and a stray pellet struck Larry Batchelor," said Col. Mark Shivers of the Sheriff's Department.

Batchelor was treated on the scene by Onslow County Emergency Medical Services and then airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was in stable condition, Shivers said.

"Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and determined that the shooting appeared to be accidental," Brown said.

Earlier in December, Nancy Jarman Davis, 51, of Nine Mile Road, died from a gunshot wound to the head. The incident was first reported to law enforcement as a hunting accident.

That incident is still being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation.

"There are no charges yet," said David Allen, special agent in charge of the SBI in Jacksonville. "We still have more interviews to do, and we are waiting on some evidence from the state."

Brown asked the SBI to assist with the investigation because there are some Sheriff's Department employees who are connected to the victim and victim's family, Allen said.

Roselee Papandrea can be reached at rpapandrea@freedomenc.com  or by calling 353-1171, ext. 238.

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