Man shot by arrow while hunting seriously injured
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man injured by an arrow his friend accidentally fired while hunting near Jacksonville was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old John Matthew Whigham of Fleming Island was treated at Shands Jacksonville on Wednesday. His condition was not released Friday.
Whigham was hunting with his friend, 40-year-old Randy Pritchard, in Jennings State Forest. The sheriff’s office report says Pritchard was in a tree stand and lost sight of Whigham. When he saw movement in the bushes below, Pritchard said he thought it was a deer and fired an arrow. Pritchard told deputies he never meant to hit Whigham.
The arrow hit Whigham’s back, its tip in his upper arm. Whigham pulled out the arrow and called police.