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OH: Man shot, dies in hunting incident

November 26, 2018


A man died Sunday morning after a hunting incident, according to the Ashtabula County Coronerís office.

Jared Windler, 41 of Saybrook Township, was killed in a hunting accident in a wooded area and was pronounced dead at 6:58 a.m. Sunday. The incident occurred near North Bend Road and west of State Route 45.

Tom Despenes, an investigator with the Ashtabula County Coronerís office, said Windlerís friend climbed into a hunting tree stand around 6 a.m. and pulled a muzzle loader rifle up the tree on a rope.

Windler was at the base of the tree when the rifle discharged and shot him in the left of his forehead. He was killed instantly and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Despenes said the preliminary cause of death is a gunshot wound, and he believes this is an accident. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is investigating this incident further. Windlerís body was sent to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examinerís office for an autopsy. Despenes said the autopsy will be performed in a day or two.

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