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Is THAT What Cheering Turkeys Sound Like? May 18, 2011

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.


PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The self-inflicted gunshot death of a hunter in Penn Township was ruled an accident by the Westmoreland County coroner on Monday. Police said Richard Simms, 51, of Irwin, was shot a little after 8 a.m. in some woods near Forbes Lane, a private road in the Claridge community.

“He was hunting from a tree stand — a little unusual method for hunting turkeys, but it’s not illegal,” Coroner Ken Bacha said. “It appears that he was climbing down out of the tree stand with a loaded shotgun and, somehow or another, the trigger mechanism was activated and the gun discharged, striking him once in the chest.”

Penn Township police Detective Todd Denillo said investigators included “our department, Westmoreland County detectives, (Pennsylvania) Game Commission, four or five of those guys, and at this point in time, it appears to be a hunting accident.”

It’s unclear how the gun went off. Some people heard the shot and saw Simms get hit. “There were two other hunters that were there at the time and witnessed the accident, so, upon being shot, he fell approximately 15 feet to the ground,” Bacha said.




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