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Father killed, son injured in hunting accident

November 21, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Freeport Journal-Standard

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.

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This is so very sad. Seems to me someone was shooting very early as 1/2 hr before sunrise was not observed if he was shooting at what he thought was a deer, or was he ticked off because someone was close to his stand?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/22 at 11:21 AM

Rumor up here is father forgot to put blaze orange on and was going back to vehicle to get it. either way no one should be shooting at anything they havent positively identified or even have their gun loaded at that time of morning.  lot of mistakes for such a terrible preventible accident

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/22 at 02:27 PM

i always use the green low setting walking into the woods if i need the light or not just for this reason

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/22 at 05:19 PM

So the father was moving to get orange.So what.The shot hit the son too.We assume he had orange on.This should never had happened.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/22 at 06:05 PM

Sould be manslaughter.  45 minutes before legal shooting time. 

I always use a light walking in during gun season.  Too many idiot like this running around with a gun who don’t respect anything.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/23 at 04:01 PM

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