04/27/2020

The Department of Natural Resources said a 21-year-old man is doing fine after a hunter mistook him for an animal, shooting him over the weekend.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Saturday morning in the area of Meech Road, near some railroad tracks.

Four teenagers were hunting for coyotes and one of the teenagers, 19, thought he saw a coyote in the area. He ended up shooting the 21-year-old.

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the 21-year-old was walking on the railroad tracks near Meech Road and Grand River Avenue when the incident happened.

The DNR said the man should be able to be interviewed by investigators within day or two.

On Monday, a conservation officer with the state of Michigan told News 10 the 21-year-old man had a chest wound and was in the intensive care unit.

The 19-year-old did have a license to hunt, and the two men did not know each other, according to the sheriff’s office.

The DNR said it is still investigating the incident and using a drone to get an overhead look at the area where it happened.

The DNR said it is open season on coyotes and hunting them at night with thermal-imaging equipment on a gun is legal.

It is unclear at this time if the 19-year-old man will be charged.

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