A man was shot and killed by his father in a hunting accident in Delaware County, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said Andrew Smith, 28, was deer hunting with his father and a group of friends on Dec. 2 just south of the city of Delaware in a wooded area along Pollock Road.

Smith was not wearing any orange hunting gear when his father mistook him for a deer and shot him, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said dispatchers received a call about the shooting around 5:45 p.m.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, hunters are required to wear orange clothing from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset during deer gun season.

The sunset in central Ohio happened around 5 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Tracy Whited, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said the group had experience hunting and Smith had been hunting with his father since Smith was seven years old.

Smith is originally from Elyria but had been living in Columbus.

No charges will be filed against Smith’s father.


Contact Us

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting / C.A.S.H.
P.O. Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12561