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Man mistaken for a deer shot dead by neighbor near Chatham

December 30, 2011

By Scott Leamon, WSLS.com

Chatham hunting victim remembered

Virginia Conservation Police say they've identified the shooter as Harry Hale, 62, of Pittsylvania County.

Investigators have also identified the victim as Richie Pope, 57, of Pittsylvania County.

Virginia Conservation Police are investigating a deadly hunting accident in Pittsylvania County.

Conservation police lieutenant Karl Martin said a man was walking along a road near his home around 5:15 Thursday night when his neighbor shot him with a high powered rifle.

The victim died two hours later a Danville hospital, Martin said.

Martin said the shooting has been ruled accidental.

He said the 62-year-old shooter mistook his neighbor for a deer.

Martin declined to release the identity of the 57-year-old victim.

Martin said the victim was shot from a distance of 72 yards.

He said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be involved in the accident.

Martin said the case will be presented to a Pittsylvania County grand jury this February for possible charges against the man who shot his neighbor.

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