CA: Oak limb hit by shotgun blast falls on squirrel hunter, killing him
July 20, 2010
Oak limb hit by shotgun blast falls on squirrel hunter, killing him
CHICO - A man reportedly hunting squirrels on his employer's ranch north
of Chico was killed Monday morning when he fired a shotgun shell that hit a
large oak limb, causing it to fall onto his head, according to the Butte
County Sheriff's Office.
Co-workers discovered the body of Chico resident Joaquin Medina lying
unconscious beside an ATV about 11:40 a.m. The bizarre accident took place
on a private road west of Cana Highway, off White Deer Lane.
Sheriff's deputies reached the remote location near the Tehama County
line at 12:30 p.m. and pronounced Medina dead.
According to a Sheriff's Office press release, the victim suffered major
Emergency crews from Cal Fire-Butte County were initially told the
accident involved a motorcycle hitting a tree.
The California Highway Patrol responded to the accident initially, then
turned the investigation over to the Coroner's Office. It wasn't immediately
disclosed if the incident would be investigated by Cal-OSHA as an industrial
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