2011-05-19 / Local & State

Hunter’s Death Likely Accident In Western Pa.

HARRISON CITY, Pa. (AP) – Police say a western Pennsylvania hunter appears to have accidentally shot himself while climbing down from a tree stand on the first day of spring gobbler season.

Penn Township Detective Todd Denillo tells reporters at the scene that other hunters who knew the victim found him and called authorities. The hunter died in the woods Monday morning.

The detective isn’t saying how police believe the gun fired, but say they’re confident it was an accidental shooting.

The Westmoreland County Coroner is also investigating, but has yet to release the name of the man who is believed to be in his 50s.

Penn Township is about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania’s spring wild turkey season runs through May 31.

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