Hunter dies after being accidentally shot by friend

Lisa Demer

A hunting trip with two friends ended in death Saturday night when one of the men accidentally shot the other while manipulating his rifle in a cabin, Alaska State Troopers said.

Kyle Strong, 29, of Wasilla, and Cody Parry, 26, of Trapper Creek, were staying in a cabin owned by Parry's family about a half-mile off the Parks Highway at the Alaska Railroad crossing, around Mile 169 near Denali State Park. They had scouted around on Saturday and planned to go moose hunting Sunday, troopers said.

Strong cleaned his 30.06 rifle and was still working with it when a round discharged around 10:30 p.m., troopers said. Parry was on the couch and the round entered and exited his leg, inflicting a lot of damage, troopers said.

Strong called 911 on his cellphone and the call went first to Palmer police then was patched through to troopers.

An off-duty trooper based in Cantwell headed to the scene, as did medics from Trapper Creek.

In the meantime, Strong tried CPR and take Parry to the highway. They got on a four-wheeler but it overturned on the narrow trail to the road, trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said, adding the trail was bumpy and ran through a swamp.

"He ran out to the road and flagged someone down to help him right the four-wheeler so he could bring his friend out," Ipsen said. Strong and the motorist who stopped were able to turn over the four-wheeler and the group made it to the highway, she said.

Medics from Trapper Creek pronounced Parry dead.

His body was sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy, but troopers said they don't suspect foul play.

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