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OSP INVESTIGATING ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING OF HUNTER NEAR JOHN DAY
11/07/2011
Sgt. Dan Swift
OSP-Portland
503-323-3195

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Oregon State Police troopers assigned to the Fish and Wildlife Division out of the John Day Outpost are continuing an investigation into the accidental shooting of an elk hunter near Fox.
 
According to OSP Master Sergeant Gordon Larson, 48 Year old William Cearns of Mt Vernon Oregon received non life threatening injuries after he was accidently shot today while elk hunting with his son and a friend near the small eastern Oregon town of Fox. 
 
Master Sergeant Larson said the three were hunting in an area near Fox north of Mt Vernon. The three men were traveling on an ATV on a US Forest Service road when the ATV lost traction. The two passengers, Cearns son Richard age 28,  from Redmond, Oregon, and family friend Jared Earnest age 24, also of Redmond, dismounted to allow William Cearns to continue driving the ATV up the snow covered road. " It appears that as Mr. Earnest dismounted the ATV, the bolt action rifle he was carrying discharged . The bullet struck the ATV before hitting Mr Cearns in his lower leg.
 
Grant County Undersheriff Todd McKinley as well as Troopers Andrew McClay,  Marv Ritter and Master Sergeant Larson of the Oregon State Police responded to the scene. William Cearns was brought to a staging area several miles from where the incident happened by his son and Mr. Earnest
 
First aid was administered to Mr Cearns at the scene by both his son and Mr Earnest who are trained paramedics as well as responding officers. Mr. Cearns was transported to Blue Mountain hospital in John Day where he was treated and released.
 
Troopers from the Oregon State Police John Day Outpost are continuing the investigation, they were assisted by the Grant County Undersheriff Todd McKinley.