In a recent incident near Flagstaff, one hunter accidentally blasted his partner in the shoulder with shotgun pellets, according to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.
The wound did not prove life-threatening.
A preliminary investigation indicated the brothers, both in their 40s from Surprise, were hunting turkeys when the accident took place in Game Management Unit 6A, southeast of Flagstaff near Forest Road 240.
The hunter who was shot was sitting against a tree and wearing camouflage hunting clothes while the other hunter was about 25 yards downhill from that location.
The hunting accident investigation is pending and will be under review by the Coconino County Attorney’s Office to determine what charges will be filed.
“This accident is just a reminder that hunters need to identify their target and beyond before they shoot and be aware of their surroundings,” says Craig McMullen, Flagstaff regional supervisor. McMullen adds, “Since 2007 we have had 26 hunting accidents reported which includes three fatalities.”