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NY: Long Island firefighter killed when mistaken for deer by friend in hunting tragedy

November 18, 2013

From NYDailyNews.com

Charles Bruce, 52, was on an annual hunting trip when the tragedy unfolded about 10:20 a.m. Saturday in rural Westford.
 
"Unfortunately, it was a high-powered rifle. He was dead before he hit the ground," said Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl.
 
"Charlie had a bad back, so he went back to his room to rest. And when he came back out, one guy saw a tree move and fired," said a close friend of the victim’s who asked to remain anonymous.
 
The shooter was an active Malverne firefighter who moved on to a nonfirefighting role with the Department and is "destroyed" over the incident, the friend said.
 
Charles Bruce was hit with gunfire after the shooter saw a tree move and thought it was a deer, a friend of the victim’s said.

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