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Hunting Accident Claims Life

March 12, 2012

From WVMetroNews.com

Charleston - A high school boy is dead after an apparent hunting accident from the weekend in Clay County.
 
State Police say Dillon Dawson, 15, was shot and killed back on Saturday afternoon by an elderly relative.    The shooting happened about noon Saturday in the community of Nebo.
 
Troopers indicate the boy may have been checking or installing a trail camera and the shooter mistook him for a coyote.   Dawson was shot in the forehead.
 
The investigation has been turned over to Natural Resources Police who are being very tight-lipped about any of the circumstances of the incident.
 
"This is still very early in the investigation and we're still trying to figure out what happened,"  said DNR Captain Mike Waugh. "We're still waiting for information from the State Police lab and still waiting on information from the Medical Examiner.  Until we get that, we're not going to be able to make a determination on what happened."
 
So far no charges have been filed against the alleged shooter.  Wall would not confirm the relation between the boy and the shooter.   Published reports indicate it was the victim's great uncle.
 
Dawson was a freshman at Clay County High School. The student body was informed of his death on Monday and counselors were on hand to help break the news.   A vigil is set for 6:00 Tuesday evening at the school to remember the teen.

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