WI: Hunter dies while hunting coyotes
April 18, 2011
A New Richmond man has died of an apparent accidental gunshot wound while
Michael John Geraghty, 55, 1957 County Rd. CC, was found by his son, Pat,
Sunday late morning in a field on the family farm, according to the St.
Croix County Sheriff’s Department report.
An investigation by the sheriff’s department and a DNR warden determined
that Geraghty apparently attempted to crawl through a barbed wire fence when
the gun discharged and a bullet went through the back side of his head.
Investigators found a 7.62 SKS semi-automatic rifle next to the body with
the safety in the fire position.
Geraghty had been having trouble with coyotes killing his cattle and
apparently went out hunting during the night. A flashlight and spotlight
were found with him. His wife, Linda, said she got up at 7:30 a.m. and he
wasn’t in the house, the report said. Geraghty attended New Richmond High
School and was a city of New Richmond streets department employee for about
30 years, Sheriff John Shilts said. Linda Geraghty is the administrative
assistant for Child Support Services in the St. Croix County Government
Center in Hudson.
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