Ouachita Parish Hunting Death Apparently Accidental
The Associated Press
11/27/2003, 1:25 p.m. CT
MONROE, La. (AP) — The shooting death of a 13-year-old boy
by his grandfather was apparently an accident and no autopsy will be
performed, Ouachita Parish authorities said.
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Dalton Hunt of Swartz was shot Tuesday evening by his
grandfather, Billy Bell, 60, who fired the shot from 40 yards away, Maj.
Royce Toney of the sheriff's department said. Bell told investigators he
mistook the boy for a doe, Toney said.
When he realized it was his grandson, Bell called the
child's father, who was hunting nearby, and knelt down by the teen to
"They were best friends. They had been hunting together
for several years and did just about everything together," Toney said.
Sheriff's investigators will send their reports to the
district attorney's office.
Investigators said the victim was wearing an orange vest
and had bent over near a deer feeder to look for deer tracks when his
The family had a system of whistling when one left the
stand. It was not known how that system failed, but Toney recommended that
groups of hunters use radios.
Walkie-talkies are the best way to safely keep in contact
with members of a hunting party, he said.
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