A hunting dog stepped on a loaded shotgun, firing a blast
into the arm of a Klamath Falls man, authorities said.
Matthew Harper, 27, was taken to a Klamath Falls hospital
on Sunday and then transferred to Oregon Health & Science University
in Portland, where he was in critical condition, the (Klamath Falls) Herald
News reported Monday.
Harper, the son of state Sen. Steve Harper, R-Klamath
Falls, was duck hunting with a friend, Steven Smith of Klamath Falls, in the
Ball Bay area of Upper Klamath Lake on Sunday.
Harper was pulling their boat to shore when Smith's dog
triggered the shotgun. Harper was struck in the upper left arm, the Klamath
County sheriff's office said.
A phone message left on Sen. Harper's home answering
machine was not returned.
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