Sheriff: Coal Hill man killed, mistaken for deer
COAL HILL (AP) - The Johnson County sheriff says a 43-year-old man is dead after he was shot by a man who mistook him for a deer.
Sheriff Jimmy Dorney says Thomas Edward Sears, who went by the name Eddie, was walking along a trail beside Horsehead Creek on Wednesday afternoon when he was shot.
Authorities say a man was sitting in a swing in his backyard when he saw movement across the creek from his residence. The sheriff says the resident retrieved a rifle and fired one shot at what he thought was a deer.
The resident found Sears dead of a gunshot wound when he went to investigate. The shooting death remains under investigation.
The sheriff says authorities do not know why Sears was walking on the trail.Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.