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Juveniles charged in January hunting accidents
Involuntary manslaughter charge in fatal shooting
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Department of Natural Resources officials filed charges this week against two juveniles involved in two separate hunting accidents earlier this year - one in which a man was killed.

A 15-year-old boy who fired a shot during a Jan. 8 hunting accident that killed Mitchell Swint, 57, Ga. 46, Pembroke, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, hunting without hunter safety course certification, and careless use of a firearm or archery tackle while hunting wildlife, according to Bulloch County Jail reports.
Unless they are charged as adults, the Statesboro Herald does not publish the names of juveniles charged with crimes.

In an interview shortly after the accident, DNR Sgt. William Vickers said Swint had been struck in several areas of his body. The accident occurred at the Arcola Hunting Club near Railroad Bed and Robertson Roads in Brooklet.

A week later, a second hunting accident resulted in the injury of Joseph Brown, 19, Baby Brown Road. Brown was hunting off Aaron Station Road near Portal Jan. 14 around 9 a.m. with the "Around the House" hunting club, and they were hunting with deer dogs, said Georgia Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Dave Sims in an interview the day of the accident.

Brown suffered "buckshot wounds to his arm and midsection," he said.

After interviewing witnesses and the 14-year-old male who fired the shot that injured Brown, it appears there were deer flushed by the dogs, and when the juvenile fired, somehow Brown was in his line of fire, he said.

The pellets that struck Brown entered his intestine. A fellow hunter took Brown to Candler County Hospital by private vehicle, and from there he was transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, he said.

The 14-year-old responsible for the accidental shooting had taken the required hunter's safety course, and was hunting with a licensed adult over 21, Sims said.

He was charged with hunting from a public road, discharging a firearm near a highway, and careless use of a firearm or archery tackle while hunting wildlife, according to jail booking logs.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.

 

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