Ohio man fatally shoots son while deer hunting

Ohio man fatally shoots son while deer hunting

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An Ohio man shot and killed his son when he mistook him for a on a trip, officials said.

Bradley Smith, 63, shot his 28-year-old son, Andrew Smith, while with a group of friends last week in a heavily wooded area just outside the city of Delaware, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

“It’s just the worst kind of tragedy,” said Tracy Whited, a spokeswoman for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. “He thought he was at a deer. It was his son.”

The shooting occurred just before dusk around 5:45 p.m. Dec. 2, Whited said.

Emergency crews responded to the shooting but the younger Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had not been wearing any orange shooting gear, which is legally required when hunting during deer season 30 minutes before sunset, the newspaper reported.

His father will not face any charges in his death, authorities said.

This article was first published by The New York Post on 10 December 2020. Lead Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto.

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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

I’m sorry but I can feel NO sympathy or shed any tears over this…..its Karma payback for ALL the animals and birds that have needlessly been murdered at the hands of hunters and poachers, just to satisfy their inflated egos and pea-sized brains. Perhaps now this ‘father’ will find a new past-time, one where he cannot kill anything.

Janet Kenedy


george mira

In 1600s pennsylvania and other such colonies, groups of hunters fanned out for vast distances, and upon the agreed morning, would turn, walk, and shoot toward the center. The other animals – nonhuman – would flee, slowly herded toward the killing ground, from which the phrase comes. At that center, everything alive, from bear and wolf to deer, raccoon, squirrel, would die under a hail of bullets. There is a relatively quick way to reload a musket. Quickly pour powder, stuff Patch and ball, bang stock on ground.thus taking taking less than 15 seconds. This is the original method euroamericans… Read more »

Paul Troalic

I wish we could start a discussion with hunters and poachers.
I would really like to understand their thinking. How do they sleep at night when they have innocent blood on their hands.
Killing an animal for no reason other than sport is a heinous act. It is outdated and should be consigned to history along with bull-fighting, dog fighting, horse racing, etc.