ME: Warden Service: Hunters in fatal accident were shooting at same deer
November 21, 2012
By Craig Crosby, OnlineSentinel.com
WALES -- In the fading visibility of twilight Tuesday afternoon,
two hunters aimed their rifles at a deer in the woods.
men were hunting separately, pulled the trigger.
Christopher Austin, fired twice. His second shot blasted through the
woods and hit an unexpected target: the other hunter, Gerard Parent.
Those details emerged Wednesday as the Maine Warden Service
continued to investigate the fatal shooting off East Road. Cpl. John
MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said investigators are still
trying to figure out what went wrong, including whether Parent and
Austin fired their first shots simultaneously.
bullet hit Parent in the throat, according to emergency dispatch
Parent, 49, lived on nearby East Road, and Austin,
41, lives on nearby Andrews Road.
Both men used rifles, were
hunting separately, and were pursuing the same deer, according to a
warden service news release Wednesday.
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