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Benham Falls Duck Hunters Trade Bad-Shooting Claims

October 12, 2011

By Alicia Inns, KTVZ.com

Each Party Claimed Other Was Firing Toward Them; One Minor Injury

BEND, Ore. -- Two pairs of duck hunters at a site near Benham Falls, south of Bend, got into a dispute Wednesday morning, each claiming to be struck by the others’ shotgun pellets, one suffering a minor injury, authorities said.

Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies got a report around 7:45 a.m. of a shooting complaint near the Deschutes River, about a quarter-mile downstream from the Slough Camp day use area, said sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan Husband.

Deputies and detectives responded to the location, a well-known duck hunting location open to the public with the proper hunting license and associated stamps, Husband said. An Oregon State Police game trooper also responded, to help with the investigation.

Through interviews, Husband said they determined that Grant Boswell, 51, and Austin Boswell, 18, both of Bend, had been hunting together, at least 150 yards away from two other hunters, Caleb Keener, 26, and Isaac Sabo, 31, also of Bend.

Both hunting parties reported to have been struck by shotgun pellets fired by the opposite party from a distance of at least 150 yards, the sergeant said.

Caleb Keener received a minor injury as a result of the shooting and did not require medical attention, Husband said, adding that there were no other reported injuries.

The incident occurred in an area between Benham and Dillon Falls in accessible by road, so a boat was brought in to shuttle investigators to the scene.

Husband said in a news release Wednesday afternoon that the incident remained under investigation, and no arrests had been made. He said the results of the investigation will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for review.

The sheriff’s office also reminded all of people recreating in the area to be mindful of the area you are in, especially those areas open to hunting during applicable seasons. “Hunters should be aware of their shooting backdrop at all times,” Husband added.

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