The ruffling of leaves in the woods in Tallapoosa County caught the ear of a hunter in his tree stand who promptly fired one shot 157 feet away, hitting what he thought was a deer. It turned out to be a fellow hunter, a friend.
The incident happened off Piney Woods Road not far
from Highway 280.
correct. That is our understanding he heard the noise and fired off a shot
thinking it was a deer," said Alex City police Cpl. Michael Howell.
identified the victim as James Raymond Landers of Alex City. Landers was in the
process of setting up his own tree stand when he was shot in the lower back.
Mr. Landers later died at the Russell Medical Center in Alex City.
Police say no
charges will be filed against the hunter who fired the rifle because right now
investigators see this as a 'terrible accident.' However, as a matter of
protocol the case will be turned over to the Tallapoosa County District
Alex City police
say the two men were veteran hunters and both had been to this particular area
hunting deer before. The odd thing is neither one knew the other was on the
land at the same time. The men had arrived separately.
shooter did not know there was a fellow hunter in the area and Landers was not
wearing the recommended orange-clothing hunters typically wear," said
described the hunter who pulled the trigger as 'shakened' and fully cooperating
James Raymond Landers was 50-years-old and worked for Hyundai Motors in Montgomery.
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