Hunting Accident in California Kills Man
November 17, 2010
Fellow hunter 'tracking a bird' shot Napa man
NAPA -- A man killed in a hunting accident near Highway 37 in the North
Bay was struck by a shotgun round when he got out of his truck at the moment
someone in his group opened fire at a bird, authorities said.
William Daniel Downs, 50, of Napa was shot in the back of his head at
about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, said Sonoma County sheriff's Capt. Matt McCaffrey.
Downs' 11-year-old son and two of the victim's friends were hunting
pheasant with him. The sheriff's office has declined to say who fired the
The shooter "was tracking a bird from left to right while standing to the
rear of a truck Downs was sitting in," McCaffrey said. "As that person fired
at a bird, Downs simultaneously stepped out of the driver's side of the
truck and was struck in the back of the head by the shotgun round."
Investigators have confirmed that Downs' death was accidental and that no
crime occurred, McCaffrey said
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