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Mountain City man dead after accidental shooting, Sheriff said

November 9, 2011

By Josh Smith, 2Tricities.com

Carter County, TN --

A Mountain City Tennessee man is dead after an apparent hunting accident.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes told 11 Connects 45 year-old Ricky E.
Arnold appeared to have gone hunting alone near Watauga Lake. A rifle with a broken trigger guard discharged, Mathes said.

A passerby found him with a gunshot wound to the head along Little Stoney Creek Road and called for help around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Arnold died around 5:30 p.m. at a hospital in Johnson City.

The investigation isn't finished, Mathes said. An autopsy has been ordered.

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Here's the first report from the TWRA:

On Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 1:47 p.m., Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency dispatchers tell us they received a report from Carter County 911. Carter County told officials with the TWRA that a man had suffered a gunshot wound to the head in what appeared to be a hunting-related incident.

Carter County Sheriff’s Department officers were on the scene at the time of the call and TWRA wildlife officers responded to assist.

The incident occurred in the Little Stony Creek area of the Cherokee National Forest. The injured subject was air-lifted from the scene to the Johnson City Medical Center.

The incident is under investigation by the CCSD. We will follow the story with updates as soon as more information is released.

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