PA: Hunter in critical condition after apparent accident
Hunter in critical condition after apparent accident in Robeson Township
By Steven Henshaw
1/27/2009 10:17:00 AM
A 20-year-old man was in critical condition this morning in Reading
Hospital, a day after he was shot in the head by his friend in an apparent
hunting accident, officials said.
Robeson Township police Chief Mark T. Phillips identified the victim as
Jared W. Speelhoffer. He said police didn't know Speelhoffer's address but
believe he is from Lebanon County.
Speelhoffer's friend, Michael Schearer Jr., 21, Birdsboro, drove him a
few blocks to the Birdsboro borough hall after the shooting Monday about
5:30 p.m. in a wooded area just south of the borough line in Robeson,
Phillips said Schearer told police he and Speelhoffer had been hunting
rabbits and were walking back to Schearer's vehicle at the Birdsboro Rustic
Picnic Area when Schearer's .22 caliber rifle accidentally discharge,
Speelhoffer had been carrying a shotgun.
Following a preliminary investigation, police believe the shooting to be
accidental but the investigation is continuing, Phillips said.
Birdsboro police called for an ambulance when Schearer arrived with
Speeelhoffer and told them what had happened.
Police have not been able to talk to Speelhoffer about the shooting.
Schearer was placed in the back of a police car in front of borough hall,
and officers sealed off the building and half the parking lot with crime
scene tape as they tried to determine what had happened.
Friends of the victim and onlookers gathered at the building to see what
was going on.
Schearer was taken to the Robeson Township building for questioning and
Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams joined Phillips at the
township building and helped oversee the investigation.
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