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Forum Communications, Published November 20 2012

Wisconsin hunter shot, killed by companion

SUPERIOR, Wis. - An Oliver man was shot in the head and killed by his hunting companion Monday evening in an accident in Douglas County.

The shooting victim is Garrett M. Carr, 27, of Oliver. His hunting companion was Michael F. Thomson, 31, of Superior, Douglas County Sheriff Thomas Dalbec said Tuesday in a news release.

Emergency crews were called to an area near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border just after 5 p.m. Monday. Police said Carr died at the scene.

Dave Zebro, head warden for the region, said all evidence so far points to a tragic accident.

“It was low light, but still legal shooting hours. But as the light dims, the onus is really on the shooter to make sure of his shot,” Zebro said.

While Carr was wearing blaze orange clothing on his body, Zebro said the victim was wearing a dark colored hat. Wisconsin law requires that if hunters wear a hat it be at least 50 percent blaze orange.