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Father Shoots, Kills Son While Hunting


Shooting Believed To Be Accidental

POSTED: 4:07 pm EST February 21, 2006
UPDATED: 7:00 am EST February 22, 2006

MANCHESTER, Ind. -- A man died at Dearborn County Hospital after a hunting accident Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting occurred just after 3 p.m. at the Quail Ridge Sportsmans Club.

Conservation officers said that a father and son were hunting birds when Mike Watkins was hit by shotgun pellets.

Watkins, 36, died a short time later.

Officials said it appeared that Watkins' 72-year-old father, James Watkins, fired the deadly shot.

"You know, (hunting accidents) are not really that common. There's more injuries on a soccer field or a basketball court, but when it comes to hunting, there's a firearm involved," Conservation officer Lt. Anthony Stoll said.

The incident is still under investigation, but officials said that it appears to have been an accident.

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