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Man Discharged After Dec. 1 Hunting Mishap




Alex Beck, 25, Archbold, was discharged from the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center after he was shot in an apparent hunting accident Monday, Dec. 1.

Paul Kurfis, District 2 law supervisor for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, said the division’s report on the incident states Beck was hunting deer with five members of his extended family, near V-356 St. Rt. 66 in Henry County.

Kurfis said the group had shot at, and possibly wounded, one or two deer.

The group was tracking one of the deer, when the report states that one of the members of the family slipped and started to fall. As that person fell, they gripped the stock of their shotgun, and pulled the trigger.

Alex was eight to 10 feet away from the gun’s muzzle when the shot was fired. He was struck in an ankle.

Rescue

Family members used an all-terrain vehicle to transport Alex out of the wetlands where they were hunting. Ridgeville Rescue was called to the scene at 12:48 pm.

Ridgeville called for a helicopter ambulance, which landed at the scene.

Beck was flown to the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was discharged Friday, Dec. 5.

Charges?

Kurfis said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. As of Tuesday, the Division of Wildlife investigator handling the case had not yet interviewed Beck or the person who allegedly fired the shot.

The investigator will gather all the information about the incident, then forward it to John Hanna, Henry County prosecuting attorney.

Kurfis said it is up to Hanna to decide whether the person who fired the shot will be charged.

Kurfis said the applicable charge is negligent hunting, a first-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

Information previously released by the ODNR had stated the shooter was a 17-year-old female.


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