12/6/2004 4:30:04 PM
Cindy Davis & The Associated Press
A Custer man has died of a gunshot wound while hunting near Martin. Now,
state investigators are trying to figure out how the off–duty Custer State
Park worker was shot while hunting geese.
Authorities say 39–year–old Jay Torgerson was hit once in the head by a
high–powered rifle while hunting with a friend southeast of Martin on
According to family members, Torgerson was under a decoy canopy when he
was hit. He died yesterday at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He and a friend were on a posted walk–in area on private land that's
leased to the state and open to public hunting, a third party fired the
shot. The state attorney general's office says no one has been arrested and
the person's name who fired the gun has not been released.
Torgerson had just been promoted to building maintenance supervisor at
Custer State Park. He was not married but did have a long–time girlfriend.
Torgerson was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was born in Desmit and
graduated from Milbank. He had lived in Custer since 1991.
Funeral services for Torgerson will be this Saturday at 2 pm at Custer
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