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Hunting Accident Leaves One Man Dead

Posted 11/19/2005 11:32 PM

The Tazewell Co. Sheriff's Department says the man accidentally shot himself in the chest.

Story by Aaron Mesmer

A 21-year-old Buchanan County resident is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the chest while hunting Friday afternoon in Tazewell County.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department said Matt Rife, from Deskins in Buchanan County, was putting his muzzleloader into his truck when it discharged.

It happened in the Thompson Valley area of Tazewell County at about 5 p.m. on Friday.

Rife was hunting with two friends when the accident happened.

Sheriff H.S. Caudill said Rife probably died on the scene, but his two friends rushed him to Tazewell Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Rife's body was taken to the Roanoke Medical Examiner's office on Saturday.

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