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Callahan Man Injured in Hunting Accident

CALLAHAN - The accidental discharge of a rifle during a hunting trip has landed a Callahan man in the hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Gilley contacted Etna Ambulance and medical personnel when a wounded hunter arrived at Gilley's Callahan home Tuesday night. Michael E. King, 49, of Callahan told Gilley that he and Jeffrey W. Flinchum, 41, of Vacaville had been deer hunting off of South Fork Road near Callahan Tuesday afternoon. When the two men were getting into King's pickup to leave, King said Flinchum's 30.06 rifle went off as he was attempting to check to make sure the gun was not loaded. The bullet struck King in the right abdomen, traveled through the rear seat and out the back of the pickup.

King was transported to Fairchild Medical Center Tuesday night where he underwent surgery and was released Wednesday.

The shooting is still under investigation.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department reported that an incident like this is the perfect time to remind hunters to use extreme caution when handling their guns and to make certain that guns are pointed in a safe direction at all times. - By SDN writer Pat Arnold

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