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TN: boy injured in hunting accident

November 1, 2009

Boy injured in hunting accident here

Teen was tracking deer on Guthrie Road By DAVE PHILLIPS P-I Staff Writer Published: Monday, November 2, 2009 11:49 AM CST A 15-year-old boy was injured during a hunting accident in Henry County Saturday.

According to information at the Paris Police Department’s 911 call log, Brandon Huffman was struck in the upper right thigh by shrapnel from a 12-gauge shotgun around 6:12 p.m.

“We’re basically believing there was an obstruction in the barrel, and when he shot it, it basically blew the end of his barrel up and some shrapnel came back and hit him,” said Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, who responded to the scene.

Huffman had been deer hunting by himself on Guthrie Road when the incident occurred. He was taken to Henry County Medical Center and was later transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center. A spokesman for the Nashville hospital said Huffman was released today.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency responded to the scene, and an investigation by the TWRA is ongoing.

“We always encourage everyone to attend hunter safety classes that are offered in Henry County and to always follow the ten commandments of arms safety,” Belew said.

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