OK: Man shot to death while hunting
October 26, 2009
Man shot to death while hunting
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into a
Saturday hunting-related shooting that took the life of a Hartshorne-area
Latimer County Sheriff Israel Beauchamp identified the shooting victim as
John Anthony Morgan, 44. Morgan was of the Hartshorne area, but lived on the
Latimer County side of the county line with Pittsburg County, according to
Beauchamp identified the shooter as Jack Zearley, also of the Hartshorne
area. No arrests have been made, the sheriff said around 9 this morning.
Investigators are looking at the details of what occurred and are
awaiting the details of an autopsy from the state Medical Examiner’s office,
said OSBI spokesperson Jessica Brown.
At this point, the sheriff expects the shooting to be ruled an accident,
but he said there is the possibility some type of non-murder charge will be
The shooting occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday on Gowen Mountain, according
Sheriff Beachamp said Morgan and Zearley were friends and the two men
were hunting together when Morgan was shot.
“He was shot one time in the throat by a high-powered rifle, not a
muzzle-loader,” Beauchamp said. Black powder deer hunting season is now
“The victim was not wearing orange,” the sheriff said.
Beauchamp said that according to information related to investigators,
“The circumstances were that he (Zearley) was firing at a deer that was
“He heard a sound he had never heard before and found he shot his
friend,” the sheriff said, based on information gathered by investigators.
The sheriff asked the OSBI to help with the case. Beauchamp noted it’s
still early in the investigation and indicated more decisions will be made
pending the medical examiner’s report.
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