OH - Turkey hunter shot in lower back
Ohio Man Shot While Turkey Hunting
May 5, 2009
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man from South Webster, Ohio was flown to the
hospital Tuesday morning after he was shot. Chris Rollins was turkey hunting
near the ORV Trail Head near the Lawrence - Scioto County line when he was
shot in the back with a 12-gauge shotgun.
According the a release from Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff Jeff Lawless,
the shooting happened around 7:35 this morning. Mr Rollins was flown by
helicopter to Cabell Huntington Hospital. He had been shot once in the lower
back. He is listed in serious condition.
Investigators say Rollins and his cousin Joshua Blevins were hunting in a
remote area of Telegraph Ridge Road near the Lawrence-Scioto County line.
They say the two were hunting apart but near each other when a turkey
appeared in front of them. Blevins fired at the turkey, injuring it, but it
took off. Investigators say both men ran after the turkey and that Blevins'
shotgun discharged, striking Mr. Rollins in the lower back.
According to the release, the preliminary investigation indicates this was
an accidental shooting. Detectives with the Lawrence County Sheriff's
Department and Game Wardens with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
will submit their findings to the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office who
will determine what, if any charges Mr. Blevins may face.
Scioto County emergency responders were first called and rendered aid to the
victim although the shooting took place inside Lawrence County.
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