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FL - Man killed while hunting

Detectives conduct investigation into death of man while hunting

Associated Press - March 21, 2008 5:14 PM ET

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - Polk County Sheriff's detectives are conducting an investigation into the death of a man at the River Ranch Acres Hunt Club that occurred earlier today.

Authorities say early this morning 39-year-old Shane Hasting was hunting on the property with his 6-year-old son when he shot at a turkey with his 12-gauge shotgun.

Authorities say that as he moved forward to see if he had hit the turkey, he discovered he had accidentally shot 49-year-old Randall W. Williamson. Williamson died upon impact of the pellets.

Williamson was in the wooded area sitting in what is known as a "squatter's chair." He was wearing camouflage clothing, boots, mesh over his face, and holding a camouflage shotgun.

Detectives are treating this as an accidental shooting and no charges will be filed. This was a joint investigation conducted with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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