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PA: Man injured in hunting accident


December 3, 2017

A 62-year-old man was taken to a Johnstown hospital after he was shot by a friend Saturday morning while the pair were hunting in Jackson Township, authorities said.

Cambria County 911 dispatchers said emergency responders were called about 8:30 a.m. to the Jackson Township location, where a man suffered a gunshot wound.

Jackson Township police as well as Jackson Township Fire and EMS responded, and the man was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center to be treated.

On Saturday afternoon, Jackson Township police officer Ian Olsavsky said the man likely would recover from his wound.

“He has a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his left bicep,” Olsavsky said.

Olsavsky, reading from a report filed by another officer, said the 62-year-old man was shot when a friend “pulled up and fired at a deer.”

It is unclear if the 62-year-old was shot directly or hit by a ricocheting bullet, Olsavsky said.

Olsavsky said the man was shot by a rifle, but he was not immediately

aware of the caliber of the weapon.

The incident was ruled a hunting accident, Olsavsky said.

“Since it was declared a hunting accident, the investigation was turned over to the Pennsylvania Game Commission,” he said.

Game Commission representatives could not be reached by the Mirror for comment Saturday evening. However, WJAC-TV cites a Game Commission official, reporting that the two men were part of a five-man deer herding group intended to move deer into a certain area to make them easier to shoot.

The television station reported that a deer moved between the two hunters, and one man fired.

“The bullet hit the deer and then hit another hunter in the arm,” according to the WJAC report. 

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