UPDATE: Harrison county authorities rule a shooting death accidental. Investigators will turn the case over to the Grand Jury, that meets this Thursday.
HARRISON COUNTY (KYTX) - Harrison County 911 operators received a call at 6:10 AM regarding a shooting that had just occurred near Quail Ln. and Willie Smith Rd. in southwest Harrison County.
Deputies, along with Game Wardens arrived at a field at the southern end of Willie Smith Rd. to find a body on the ground below a deer stand.
The witness states he and the deceased person were going hunting and he had entered a deer stand. The witness stated he climbed up a ladder and then turned to receive his weapon. The deceased reportedly handed the rifle to the witness and the rifle discharged as the witness received the rifle with the muzzle pointing downward toward the victim.
The witness could not find a cell phone and drove from the location of the incident to a residence on Quail Ln., and notified the owners of the residence to call 911. Judge Mike Smith was notified and pronounced the victim deceased and ordered an autopsy.
The victim is identified as Benjamin Randell Huffman, 51, of Hallsville,Texas.
Deputies are taking statements and the incident will be referred to a Harrison County Grand Jury.