In October of 2002, police in Raleigh County called a man's death while hunting a "tragic accident" and then went on to release the name of the man that shot him.
Three men were hunting together, and one accidentally shot another, mistaking him for a squirrel.
At the time, Raleigh County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Tanner described the two as "lifelong friends" who had hunted and fished together for years. "He is just absolutely devastated," Tanner said of the shooter at the time.
In a 2000 incident in Huntington, a police officer's name was released after he accidentally shot and wounded an 18-year-old man. At the time, police said the teenager was running anyway from police and was accidentally shot by an officer when the teenager hit a bush and bounced back into the officer, causing his gun to discharge.
At the time, the teenager was charged with possession of crack cocaine. The investigation of the incident was turned over to the Cabell County prosecuting attorney.
Staff writer Rusty Marks contributed to this report.
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