TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN, Wis. – A Janesville man was fatally shot by a member of his turkey-hunting party in an apparent accident, authorities said.
A statement from the Rock County sheriff's office said officials responded Sunday morning to a report of a man with a gunshot wound in a field in the Town of Johnstown.
The statement said deputies found the victim, a 37-year-old who had been turkey hunting with family members. Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
An initial investigation showed the man was trying to retrieve a wounded turkey when he inadvertently ran into the field of fire of another member of his hunting party. He was shot in the back.
The sheriff's office said the incident appears to be "an unfortunate hunting accident."
An autopsy was set for Monday.