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Hunter Fatally Shot by His Brother in Apparent Accident
Baltimore Sun, MD
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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