Man Fatally Shot in Panhandle Hunting Accident

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILTON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Panhandle man is dead after a deer hunting accident.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Stan Kirkland says 30-year-old Christopher Garrett was hunting on land owned by his family when he was shot on Saturday afternoon.

Investigators say Garrett had been hunting in deer stands with Johnny Farmer when both left their stands around dusk.

The Pensacola News Journal reports Farmer saw motion in the woods and fired his shotgun, striking Garrett.

Garrett was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where he died Sunday morning.

Kirkland says neither man was wearing hunter orange, but deer hunters aren't required to wear orange on private land.

The wildlife agency is investigating the shooting. Kirkland says the state attorney's office also will review the case.

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