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Oregon Hunter Shoots Man Mistaken for Bear

Hiking Marine dies from single .270-caliber bullet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2011 3:57 PM CDT
Oregon Hunter Shoots Hiking Marine Mistaken for Bear
A hunter in Oregon mistook a man hiking for a bear yesterday and gunned him down.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A member of the US Marine Corps Reserves was shot and killed in Oregon after authorities say a hunter mistook him for a bear. Christopher Ochoa, a 20-year-old from French Camp, Calif., and a friend were hiking through a field in Western Oregon on the way to Silver Creek Falls Park last night. Ochoa was wearing dark-colored clothing when an Oregon man hunting for bear with his 12-year-old grandson saw something move in the brush.

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The man fired one shot from a .270-caliber rifle, striking Ochoa, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said. The sheriff's office said the hunter, Gene Collier, 67, hasn't been charged and said the shooting appeared to be accidental, but turned the case over to the local district attorney's office. Ochoa was still alive when deputies arrived. The deputies administered first aid, but Ochoa died at the scene. (Read more hunters stories.)

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