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INCIDENT: Hunting accident with injuries.
DATE & TIME: October 26, 2014 at about 11:30am.
LOCATION: Deschutes River between the Sunriver community and Benham Falls. Area accessed via USFS Road 9702 to the 460 Spur Road.
BY: Sgt. Dan Bilyeu
VICTIM: NYE, Colton S. 21 years of age, Bend resident.
CONTACTED: DERRICK, Jesse A. 22 years of age, Bend resident.
On October 26, 2014 at approximately 1130am, 911 received a report of an accidental shooting along the Deschutes River just outside of Sunriver. Members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Sunriver Police Department, Sunriver Fire & Ambulance Service and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement responded to the Deschutes River, northwest of Sunriver.
NYE and DERRICK had been duck hunting on the Deschutes River and were returning to their vehicle. NYE was in the lead as the two walked single file along an established trail paralleling the river. NYE crossed over a downed tree and continued up the pathway. As DERRICK crossed the same tree, the 12 gauge shotgun he was carrying discharged a single round, at close range, striking NYE in the back of his left leg. DERRICK immediately called 911, reported the incident and began rendering first aid to NYE.
NYE was treated on scene by Sunriver Medics then flown by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center, Bend with non-life threatening injuries.
This incident is still under investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that proper firearms safety is a critical element of all outings that involve the use of firearms. A seemingly small mistake can have tragic consequences.
Top four NRA Firearms Safety Rules.
1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
4. Know your target and what is beyond.