MO: "Horseplay" While Bow Hunting Leads to Teen's Death
October 1, 2010
"Horseplay" While Bow Hunting Leads to Teen's Death
A fifteen year old boy is dead following a bow hunting excursion that
turned deadly. Police in Byrnes Mill say the teen and a friend were horsing
around with their bows, when an arrow accidentally fired, striking Ryan
Sargent in the face. He died three hours later.
Sargent and his friend, twenty year old Jared Winters were in a wooded
area not far from the trailer park where they live. Police say friends
showed up to get Ryan, but Winters wanted to keep hunting.
"They started joking around with each other," Byrnes Mill Police Chief Ed
Locke says. "They both pointed a bow at the other person. The victim here
pointed the bow but didn't have an arrow notched in it. The suspect did have
an arrow notched."
That arrow accidentally fired, and soon Ryan's aunt, Linda Nichols, was
getting a call from the boy's sister.
"She told me he'd been hit in the face with an arrow and at first I
thought it's only a flesh wound," Nichols says. But the news proved to be
"I'm still in shock. Seriously. I keep thinking I'm gonna see him. This
isn't real yet," she says.
Police, meanwhile, were faced with arresting and charging Winters. They
say there was clearly no intent to do harm, but there was a crime just the
"The negligence, the reckless behavior, pointing a loaded weapon at
anybody," are reasons for the involuntary manslaughter charge according to
Chief Locke. But he says that didn't make it easy.
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