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
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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