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Dad Accidentally Shoots, Kills Son

October 30, 2000

NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. (AP) _ A man was accidentally killed during a bow hunting trip when his father mistook him for a deer and shot him with an arrow.

Frederick C. Searfoss, 28, of Syracuse, was pronounced dead early Sunday morning in an area near North Webster, about 30 miles northwest of Fort Wayne.

Searfoss had been bow hunting with his father, Jerry Searfoss, and a friend, Daryl Gans. The elder Searfoss told police he mistook his son for a deer and thought the sound his son was making was of a deer walking.

After the bow was fired, Frederick Searfoss called out to the other hunters that he had been hit. Emergency crews dispatched a helicopter, but Frederick Searfoss died before he could be transported.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said the incident is considered an accidental shooting and not under investigation.

Hunters are not required to wear orange during bow hunting season.

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