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Hunter killed in Harrison County

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HARRISON COUNTY (KYTX) -

One man is dead after a hunting accident in Harrison County.

Harrison County 911 operators received a call at 6:10 AM Friday regarding a shooting that had just occurred near Quail Ln. and Willie Smith Road.

When deputies and game wardens arrived, they found the body of 51 year-old Benjamin Randell Huffman of Hallsville, Texas below a deer stand.

The witness said that he and Huffman were going hunting and he had entered a deer stand. The witness stated he climbed up a ladder and then turned to receive his weapon. Huffman reportedly handed the rifle to the witness and the rifle discharged as the witness received the rifle with the muzzle pointing downward toward the Huffman.

The witness could not find a cell phone and drove from the location of the incident to a residence on Quail Ln., and notified the owners of the residence to call 911. Judge Mike Smith was notified and pronounced the Huffman deceased and ordered an autopsy.

Deputies are taking statements and the incident will be referred to a Harrison County Grand Jury.

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