Hunting Companion Killed by Friend's Arrow
9.06 p.m. ET (217 GMT) November 25, 1999
SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A bow hunter shot and killed his
childhood friend with an arrow through the neck after he mistook the other
man for a deer, police said.
Simm Spratling, 32, was shot Wednesday by Bobby Merrill,
33, as Merrill sat in a tree about 15 feet above a trail in a forest near
Florida's Gulf Coast, authorities said.
"It was just a terrible mistake,'' said Dolan Norfleet, a
Sgt. Craig Baxley of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office
said no foul play is suspected, but deputies are investigating the shooting.