Many Minnesotans enjoy the hunting season. However, an enjoyable outing with family and friends can quickly turn tragic in the event of an accident. According to reports, the wrongful death of a 19-year-old man is under investigation by the Renville County Sheriff's Office. It is unknown if the fatal hunting accident was the result of negligent or reckless behavior or not.
The young man was amongst a group of hunters who were hunting geese together. During the trip, one of the hunter's guns discharged accidentally and shot the victim. A 911 call reporting that someone had been shot accidentally in a hunting party was called into the Renville County Sheriff's Office shortly after. Police responded to the call immediately.
Emergency rescue workers determined that the victim had suffered a single gunshot wound when they arrived. The victim, a resident of Redwood Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other hunters injured during this hunting trip.
There are no reports indicating if any charges for the accidental shooting have been filed during this dangerous hunting trip. However, the investigation is ongoing. It will be interesting to see if they are able to determine what caused the gun to go off and kill the young man.
While hunting, it is essential for all those carrying guns to be as safe as possible. There are many hidden dangers when going hunting, including superficial gunshot wounds and other non-life threatening wounds. If reckless behavior takes place or if hunting materials are defective, a person can be seriously injured or worse. Determining the cause of an injury or wrongful death may help determine if financial compensation is appropriate.
Source: Redwood Falls Gazette, "Redwood Falls man killed in hunting accident," Dec. 19, 2011