FL: Officials reveal new details in Santa Rosa Sound hunting accident
January 6, 2014
FORT WALTON BEACH — Officials say that no charges will likely be
filed in a Sunday shooting accident that left one man with injuries
to the head.
Emergency responders were called at about 3
p.m. after 21-year-old Sean Michael Tolar’s head was grazed by bird
shot, according to Stan Kirkland, spokesman with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The Mary Esther man
was with four other friends on Spectre Island, one of several small
“spoil islands” in Santa Rosa Sound, according to dispatch records.
The five men had taken a boat to the island and had set up decoys
when the accident occurred.
Kirkland said the five friends
were standing close when one of the men, 30-year-old Travis Raymond
Julius, swung to shoot at a duck. His ammunition grazed the side of
Tolar is the third hunter in the past few
months to be injured. Kirkland said a person was seriously injured
after they fell from a tree stand during the fall while hunting and
broke several vertebrae. A Milton man was killed in late November
when he was shot while deer hunting with a friend.
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