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Dispatch: Hunter shot in back in Boston Township

Posted: 6:25 PM, Nov 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-16 18:26:13-05

BOSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office says a man accidentally shot by his brother while hunting Saturday afternoon was airlifted to a hospital in serious but stable condition.

The shooting was reported just before 5:30 p.m., in a cornfield near W. Grand River Avenue and Bell Road in Boston Township, north of Clarksville.

Emergency responders met the men after they had walked out of the field together. Aero Med flew the two brothers to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The brothers had been searching in the cornfield for a deer that one of them had shot earlier with a muzzle-loader rifle.

They weren’t able to find the deer and became separated in the dense field, according to a release. The older, 29-year-old brother from Saranac then spotted what he thought was the deer moving in the field.

Authorities say after hearing the deer make a noise, he fired the rifle again. He soon realized he instead had shot his 28-year-old brother, who lives in Lowell.

The 29-year-old man then called 911 and helped his brother walk out of the field.

Authorities say everything points to this being an accidental shooting, but they are still investigating all of the precise details about how it happened.  Deputies  also say everyone has been cooperative with the investigation.