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MI: Man shot in Barry Co. hunting accident

November 19, 2009

Man shot in Barry Co. hunting accident

A 58-year-old Farmington Hills man was shot in the chest in a hunting accident early this morning in Barry County's Prairieville Township, township police reported.

The victim's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, the report said.

Dale Smith was standing in a hunting camp in the 10000 block of Ford Road when a 12-gauge slug came through heavy woods from a 51-year-old hunter some 300 to 400 yards away, police reported, striking Smith in the chest.

The shooter missed a fleeing deer.

Emergency vehicles couldn't reach the camp and Smith was carried to Pridecare Ambulance trucks by all-terrain vehicles. He was taken to Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo and is expected to be held overnight for observation before being released, police reported.

The Prairieville Township Police Department was assisted by Pine Lake Fire Medical First Responders, the Barry Township Police Department, the Barry County Sheriff's Department and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers.

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