KS: Man Shot Twice By Friend In Geary County Hunting Accident
April 27, 2012
By Lindsey Rogers, WIBW.com
GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) --
A Minnesota man on a hunting trip to Geary County is suffering from
multiple wounds after officials say he was accidentally shot twice
with a shotgun by his hunting partner.
Sheriff’s officials say the friends traveled to Kansas from
Minnesota and were hunting on public hunting grounds two miles
northeast of the intersection of US-77 and Dundon Road off of Range
Road, south of Milford.
“This morning shortly after 7 AM, we
received word from Geary Community Hospital that a gunshot wound
victim had come into the emergency room.
Deputies responded up
there and found that this was the result of a bad hunting accident.
The two gentlemen came in from Minnesota to go hunting.
found an area of public hunting grounds out by Milford Lake. They
went out together before light this morning and decided to split up
and then when it got light out, one of them decided to get up and
start moving around and he walked across the field of view of his
buddy. Being dressed in all camouflage, he blended in with the
background and the gentleman thought he saw a turkey in the area and
he shot and ended up shooting his friend,” explained Geary
County Undersheriff Tony Wolf.
Deputies say that the victim,
53-year-old Brian Hansen, from Maple Grove, Minnesota, was about 45
yards out in front of his friend, 67-year-old Terrance Spaeth, when
he was shot with #4 Turkey Load. Spaeth told authorities that he saw
movement in the woods and thought he saw a blue turkey head walking
along the wood line of the ravine so he fired immediately. Since
they had split up, Spaeth did not know where Hansen was at the time.
“After the initial shot, he saw what he thought was a turkey
laying on the ground flailing around so he decided to shoot it again
in an attempt to put it out of its misery. That’s when he realized
that it was his friend because of the moaning,” Undersheriff Wolf
Hansen received multiple pellet wounds from the
shotgun to the entire right side of his body- his head, the side of
his face, shoulder area, hand, lower buttocks, groin and leg.
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