Man killed during the blackpowder deer season

Farmington, Ohio – A Brooklyn, Ohio, man was shot and killed on
the final day of the state’s muzzleloader season for deer.

Nikolas Neric, 26, died as the result of a gunshot wound to his
chest and neck, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s
Office.

Neric was mistaken for game when he was shot, said Ken Fitz, a law
enforcement administrator for the DNR Division of Wildlife. Fitz
said the victim was squirrel hunting when he was shot. The shooter,
who has not been identified pending a prosecutor’s review of the
case, is believed to have been deer hunting when the shooting took
place.

The incident occurred in the Grand River Wildlife Area, according
to the Division of Wildlife.

A man who called 911 after the incident said Neric wasn’t wearing
hunter orange and did not have a weapon, according to a report in
The Tribune Chronicle of Warren. However, the newspaper reported
that a Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office report indicated that Neric
had a gun in his jacket.

Other hunters who were in the woods at the time of the incident
were removed and interviewed by police, the newspaper
reported.

The coroner’s office classified the death as a homicide, according
to The Tribune Chronicle.

Division of Wildlife investigator Rick Louttit said he could offer
no more details until the investigation is over.

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