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2 hunters dead after incident in Readsboro, Vt.

November 26, 2011

From SentinelSource.com

READSBORO, Vt. — Two Vermont deer hunters are dead following an incident Saturday in the woods of Readsboro.

Vermont State Police say Timothy Bolognani, 49, of Readsboro accidentally shot Benjamin Birch, 39, also of Readsboro, with whom he was hunting, while chasing a deer. Bolognani then shot himself, according to State Police.

According to a news release, State Police received a 911 call at 12:13 p.m.
regarding the incident, which occurred in the woods about a mile west of Howe Pond Road. Troopers from Shaftsbury and Brattleboro arrived to find Birch and Bolognani dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

Detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations learned Birch and Bolognani were hunting with their friend Mark Colford in the woods. At some point, Birch shot a deer, which continued to run. He tracked the deer along with Bolognani and Colford. Bolognani fired and heard Birch shout out.
Colford and Bolognani found Birch lying on the ground, shot. After Birch died, a distraught Bolognani used his rifle to take his own life, police reported.

Police said no evidence of foul play has been found and the case is pending the results of the autopsies.

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