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UT - Man Hunting Skunk Accidentally Shoots Self in Head, Dies

Utah Man Hunting Skunk Accidentally Shoots Self in Head, Dies
Tuesday , May 27, 2008

ELWOOD, Utah A Box Elder County man accidentally shot himself in the head while pursuing a skunk on his family farm.

The county sheriff's office says 27-year old Kelly Barfuss died from his injury. He was going to shoot the skunk from the passenger side of a pickup, but decided to pull the .22 caliber handgun back into the cab.

Chief Deputy Kevin Potter says the gun was cocked and something caused it to fire.

Barfuss and his uncle were watering at the family farm Saturday night. He was flown to a hospital in Ogden, where he died. Barfuss' death is considered an accident.

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