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Man Shot By Girlfriend While Hunting Raccoons


No Charges Will Be Filed In Accidental Shooting

POSTED: 8:56 am MST February 14, 2006
UPDATED: 12:50 pm MST February 14, 2006

LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- A 17-year-old girl who was not familiar with firearms accidentally shot her boyfriend while the two were hunting raccoons at a Boulder County farmhouse Monday night.

The sheriff's office said the incident was reported at about 9:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of North 95th Street, north of the Lafayette city limits.

They found Josh Kayser, 21, wounded in the right ear and left forearm by a .22-caliber rifle man's girlfriend was holding for him. Kayser told investigators that he was crouched down, peering under a shed, looking for a wounded raccoon while his girlfriend was crouched down behind him with the loaded rifle when it accidentally discharged.

The girlfriend, who was not identified because she is a juvenile, told investigators that she did not intend to fire the weapon and had never held a weapon before.

Kayser was rushed to Avista Hospital in Louisville for treatment of his injuries and was listed in good condition on Tuesday.

No charges were expected to be filed in the case.

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