Father killed, son injured in hunting accident
East Dubuque, Ill. — A tragic hunting accident in East Dubuque early Saturday claimed the life of a 44-year-old Inverness, Ill., man and also injured the man’s 15-year-old son, according to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.
John P. Hanlon, 44, of Inverness was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Hanlon’s teenage son, who is not being named by authorities, was struck by the same shot and was treated and released from Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.
Authorities say Hanlon and his son were hunting on property located at 17630 U.S. 20 in East Dubuque when the incident occurred. Another hunter, Kelly G. Jackson, 53, of East Dubuque, allegedly fired the shot that struck Hanlon and his son. The shooter and the victims were not part of the same hunting party, but were hunting on the same property, officials said.
The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois Conservation Police are investigating the incident. At this point, Jackson has been issued a citation for misdemeanor reckless conduct. He is not in custody at this time, said Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner.
“As the investigation continues, I don’t know if there will be any additional charges or not,” Turner said Monday. “All the reports will be forwarded to the state’s attorney for his review.”
The shooting was reported at around 5:33 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, states a sheriff’s office news release. Responding agencies included the Menominee/Dunleith Fire and Ambulance, Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office, East Dubuque Police, Illinois State Police, and the Illinois Conservation Police, the release states. The conservation police are part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
The investigation into this case is ongoing, said Chris McCloud, a spokesman for IDNR.
“We’re still conducting interviews and trying to gather information,” McCloud said Monday.