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OK: Man shot turkey hunting in Wagoner Co.

Man shot turkey hunting in Wagoner Co.

April 30, 2009

The father of a Chouteau police officer was rushed to a Tulsa hospital Tuesday night after he was accidentally shot while hunting.

Merlin Elkins, step-father of Chouteau Officer Justin Allen, was turkey hunting near Blue Bill Point

in Wagoner County when he was accidentally shot.

Chouteau Police Chief Gary Shrum said Allen took off work Wednesday while Elkins underwent surgery. Shrum said Elkins was hit in the face by

several pellets from the shotgun.

He was taken by air ambulance to St. Francis, then transferred to St. John Hospital in Tulsa.

Details of what happened were not available at press time. Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert hadnít returned any phone calls as of Thursday morning.

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