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Starkville man faces multiple surgeries after hunting accident

November 10, 2011date

By David Miller, CDispatch.com

CHOCTAW COUNTY -- The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is investigating a hunting accident involving two Starkville city employees.

Jeff Lyles, city code officer, shot hunting partner, Ken Honeycutt, city building inspector, in Choctaw County Monday afternoon. WFP officials said Honeycutt was exiting the woods when he was shot once in the pelvis.

Honeycutt, 38, was taken to OCH Regional Medical Center and has had multiple surgeries. According to the Facebook page of his girlfriend, Caryl Pritchard, Honeycutt is still on ventilation and is sedated. Her latest post as of 8:30 a.m. today said: "probably 2 or 3 more (surgeries) to finish cleaning bone fragments from wound."

Jim Walker, public information director for WFP, said Lyles, 48, likely shot at a silhouette he thought was a deer.

The investigation is ongoing, and Lyles could face criminal charges

"It appears the rifle that Lyles used was not a legal weapon for this current season -- was of a caliber that isn't legal for this season," said Walker said.

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