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Associated Press, Published November 09 2009

Man dies after shooting self while deer hunting

DEER RIVER, Minn. – A Minnetonka man is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the chest during Minnesota’s deer opener weekend.

The Itasca County sheriff says 77-year-old Daniel Otto Cermak was hunting north of Deer River on Saturday morning with a 30-30 lever action rifle when it discharged and hit him in the chest. Rescue personnel responded, but he died at the scene.

An autopsy is being conducted.

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