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Hunter Fatally Shot by His Brother in Apparent Accident

Baltimore Sun, MD

Associated Press

Originally published December 3, 2003

LA PLATA - A hunter was shot and killed Sunday by his 15-year-old brother who apparently mistook him for a deer, the Charles County Sheriff's Office reported.

Brian K. Reed, 21, was hunting with his half-brother on wooded, family-owned property in late afternoon as Charles and 11 other counties were allowing the first Sunday firearms deer hunting since Colonial times. The teen-ager fired at what he thought was a large deer and shot Reed, authorities said.

The victim was pronounced dead after being flown to Prince George's Hospital Center.

Police were continuing their investigation but "there's nothing that indicates it was more than just a very tragic accident," sheriff's spokeswoman Kristen Adkins said yesterday.

The Department of Natural Resources was investigating for any hunting violations, DNR spokeswoman Heather Lynch said. It was the first fatality of the two-week firearm deer season that began Saturday, and the second hunting fatality this fall. On Oct. 25, a 10-year-old boy was killed in a crossbow accident in Talbot County.

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