A North Carolina pastor was shot several times in the chest on Tuesday with an AR-15 by a man who mistakenly thought electronic coyote calls had been a real coyote trapped in a tree.
According to the Taylorsville Times, Michael Seth Marsh, 26, was accidentally killed in a wooded area off Edd Burgess Road Extension in Taylorsville. as he was hunting coyotes with his 12-gauge shotgun, a rifle and an electronic coyote call. The name of the man who shot Marsh has not been released, but records indicate he fired two shots into the wooded area after spotting brown and gray movements in the trees. He later called authorities when he realized he had shot a person and not a coyote. Marsh died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Officials said Marsh was wearing camouflage and an orange hat.
Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman stated the shooter had been unaware that Marsh had been in the woods hunting. An investigation continues. The case is currently under review with the District Attorney’s Office. Officers with N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are assisting the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.
Marsh was the pastor at Russell Gap Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
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