Man dead after son shoots him in hunting accident
Posted: Nov 18, 2007 07:14 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2007 07:14 PM
By TONY TAGLIAVIA
HOME TOWNSHIP - A Montcalm County man died Sunday morning after his
son shot him in a hunting accident Saturday night.
Michael Myers, 48, of Home Township, was shot after his son, 24,
mistook him for a deer he was tracking, according to police.
It's fourth reported deer hunting accident in West Michigan just
four days into firearm hunting season. That surpasses three deer
hunting accidents in West Michigan for all of 2006, according to
records from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
None of the other incidents this year or last was fatal.
Family members say the shooting happened on property behind Myers'
home on Vickeryville Road just east of Edmore. The call came into
police just before 6:30 p.m.
Hunting schedules obtained by 24 Hour News 8 show hunting should
have stopped in the county around 5:45 p.m. Since the son was tracking
a deer he had already shot when he accidentally shot his father, it is
possible the original shot occured within legal hunting hours.
But by 6:30 p.m., it was dark in Montcalm County.
"A lot of people do not wear adequate hunting orange when they're
out in the woods," said Tim Irwin, the Home Township police chief who
was the first emergency responder on the scene. "Even if they're not
hunting, if they're out into a hunting area, they should be wearing
hunter orange for safety reasons."
"Even on their own land," he added.
Myers was treated at the scene and eventually taken to Gratiot
Community Hospital in Alma. He was ultimately taken to a hospital in
Saginaw where he was pronounced dead after 3 a.m. An autopsy shows he
died from internal bleeding.
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