The Associated Press
DUNCANNON, Pa. - A deer hunter died after accidentally firing a
handgun into his chest, authorities said.
Roger M. Lemkelde, 79, of Wellsville, York County, died Monday
afternoon in Penn Township, Perry County. He is the first hunter in
the state to die in a weapon-related accident this deer season,
"There is nothing to suggest there was anything criminal involved
with this incident," Perry County District Attorney Charles Chenot
said. "It looks like an accident involving his own gun."
Lemkelde had been hunting with his 39-year-old son, Greg Lemkelde,
also of Wellsville. The son took his father to a hospital, police
The Pennsylvania Game Commission said an average of four hunters
die in gun or archery accidents each year, including the seasons for
all kinds of game.
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