Son, 9, sees father's hunting death

December 16, 2008 6:18:16 AM PST
State police say a 9-year-old boy was present when his father was fatally shot by another member of their deer hunting party in southwestern Pennsylvania.

State police Sgt. Erik Hermick says 21-year-old David Logan was in a group of hunters who were pushing deer toward 35-year-old Duane Smith, of Frankfort Springs, on Saturday afternoon. Police say Logan fired at a deer from more than 40 yards away and the bullet instead hit Smith.

Police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are trying to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

Smith died at the scene in a wooded area near his hometown, about 25 miles west of Pittsburgh.

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