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Man killed in goose hunting accident

For the Evening Sun
Monday, September 26, 2005 -

A Seven Valleys man died Saturday morning after another hunter accidentally shot him in the head while goose hunting in Springfield Township, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said.

Troy Alan Goodling, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the York County Coroner's Office. His death is listed as accidental.

Goodling was an experienced hunter and was out with family hunting off White Church Road at 8 a.m., Deputy Coroner Mary Breighner said.

The game commission is investigating and no charges have been filed at this time, said Cheryl Trewella, commission spokeswoman for the southeast region, which includes York County.

The name of the person who shot Goodling was not released Saturday.

When hunting geese, people typically wear camouflage and lie in a field. They call the birds and then either stand or sit up to shoot them, Trewella said.

Goodling and his hunting partners were lying in a field, she said. He stood up into the line of a shot coming from one of the hunters behind him, she said.

No autopsy is scheduled and routine toxicology tests will be performed, Breighner said.

This year there have been no other goose hunting accidents in the county, Trewella said.

In 2004, four people were shot to death in hunting-related events, according to statistics on the game commission's Web site. One was self-inflicted. None involved waterfowl hunters. Four waterfowl hunters were injured by gunshots in 2004, according to the statistics.

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