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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