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Hunter shot in Sussex County dies

Hunter shot in Sussex County dies

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A Disputanta hunter has died of injuries he suffered Monday in a deer hunting accident in Sussex County, authorities said.

Thomas Michael Harris, 61, died at 10:40 a.m. today at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, said Lee Walker, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which is investigating the incident.

The shooting occurred about 1:40 p.m. Monday during a hunt club outing near U.S. 460 and Georgetown Road outside of Waverly.

Walker said members of hunt club, which included Harris and the shooter, were driving deer with hunting dogs. At one point, a deer ran through the area and a hunter fired his shotgun and struck Harris – who was standing beyond the deer – in the back of the head.

The deer was killed by the shotgun blast.

Harris was airlifted to VCU Medical Center.

The shooter was identified as James Allen Correll, 68, of Prince George County.

“The incident is currently under investigation and charges, if and when, will be determined at a later date,” Walker said.


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