Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2006

Ohioan killed in hunting mishap

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 10:23 AM CST

A Van Wert, Ohio, man hunting at night was accidentally shot to death by a fellow hunter in Van Wert County on Sunday.

Van Wert County authorities said Trevor Ellerbrock, 27, was using the recorded sound of rabbit noises to lure a coyote when, instead, he was shot by one of two other hunters. The incident occurred in a field off Convoy Road.

He was hit by the bullet in his abdomen and died a short while later at Van Wert County Hospital.

No criminal charges have been filed in regard to the tragedy.

When he was wounded, Ellerbrock screamed and the other two hunters — a 36-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy whose names were not released — ran to assist, using his cell telephone to call for help.

Hunting coyotes at night is reported to be a growing activity.

Authorities say that people who do so are required to use a night light visible for a quarter of a mile, which the other two men were using. It is not known if Ellerbrock had such a light.

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