Hunter at 70 years shoots man he mistook for bear
According to police, a 70-year-old hunter shot and killed a guy in West Virginia. Jimmy Carl Castle was out hunting at Twilight, in Boone County, when he noticed what he thought was a bear, took aim, and fired. It was Wednesday, December 1st, at approximately 11 a.m.
According to the state Department of Natural Resources, Castle shot David Nicholas Green, 30, who was digging for roots in the area. Castle sensed something wasn't quite right soon after drawing the shot, according to DNR.
Castle left the area after realizing he may have just shot someone and sought assistance from a buddy.
Officials stated that they returned to the scene but did not examine the area where the "bear" would have been because they did not want to deal with the difficult terrain. Castle, on the other hand, "concluded he had shot at a trash bag."
According to the Associated Press, Green's family reported him missing, and the Boone County Sheriff's Office discovered his death the next day. He appeared to have died from a fall at first, but "but further examination showed he had been shot," officials added.
Castle went to the sheriff's office after hearing about the body recovered in the woods, according to the Associated Press.
The inquiry is now being handled by the state Department of Natural Resources Police, according to the DNR.