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Father accidentally shoots son while hunting

January 16, 2012 at 09:31 AM

Gatehouse News Service

WILLIAMSFIELD — A 34-year-old Washington man was killed Sunday after his father accidently shot him while hunting deer in Knox County, police said Monday.

Steven Hayworth Jr., 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, while his father, Steven Hayworth Sr., 59, Trivoli, sustained injuries from a non-firearm related issue, according to Knox County Sheriff David Clague.

Clague said 911 dispatchers received a call of a hunting accident around 3 p.m. Sunday along Knox County Road 1750N near Williamsfield.

Knox County Coroner Mark Thomas pronounced the son dead, and the father was transported to OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. The father was treated Sunday and released, hospital spokeswoman Carrie Bernett said.

Clague said the father and son were hunting with a friend about a quarter-mile from the road. A preliminary investigation determined the father and friend were stationary, while the son was the “walker,” or the person who attempts to flush out deer for the others to shoot.

The son had scared two deer toward his father, who was located at least 400 yards away. The father fired at the deer but missed and fatally shot his son once in the head, Clague said.

“The shooter and victim couldn’t have seen each other,” Clague said.

He added that the victim was in the deer’s path. The lay of the land and timber made it nearly impossible for the two to see each other.

The victim’s autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

The incident remains under investigation by the Illinois Conservation Police and Knox County Sheriff’s Department. The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Service assisted in the accident.

 

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