Coroner: Hunter, 79, accidentally shot himself

AP News
Posted: Dec 11, 2014 2:36 PM

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a 79-year-old hunter found dead in the western Pennsylvania woods accidentally shot himself with his own rifle.

The body of James Turnbull, of White Township, was discovered by another deer hunter shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area of the township.

Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman Jr. says in a news release Thursday that, "Foul play or involvement by another hunter has been ruled out."

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What's unclear is how the gun went off. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, state police and the coroner were continuing to investigate.

White Township is about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.