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Hopkins man killed in hunting accident

Posted on Thu, Dec. 30, 2004

Associated Press

HOPKINS, S.C. - A 62-year-old man trying to climb down from a deer stand accidentally shot himself in the leg and bled to death, authorities say.

Gerald Holthaus was found by his daughter, who went out to look for him Tuesday night after she had not heard from him in several hours, said Ted Kennedy, chief deputy of investigations for the Richland County coroner's office.

Holthaus was found in some woods near his home with a gunshot wound to his upper left leg. Investigators think his rifle went off as he climbed out of the deer stand, authorities said.

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