Teenage Paintballer Shot Dead by Farmer

Indiana shooter thought he was aiming at coyotes: Cops
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2012 11:28 PM CST
Updated Jan 4, 2012 12:03 AM CST
Brandon Spangler was struck as he was unloading paintball gear from a car at an Indiana farm.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A teen paintballer was shot dead by an Indiana farmer who thought he was picking off a coyote. Brandon Spangler, 17, was struck as he was unloading paintball gear from a car with his three brothers and dad, whom he was visiting from Michigan for the holidays, police said. A farmer opened fire with a hunting rifle when he heard rustling, believing it was a pack of coyotes, according to authorities.

Brandon collapsed and was declared dead at the scene, reports the New York Daily News. The farmer had given the family permission to use the land for a paintball outing, but didn't know they had arrived. "Everybody’s going to miss" Brandon, his sister told the Flint Journal. "He was an outstanding person." Investigators are still considering whether to press charges in the case. (Read more death stories.)

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