Rural Alaska

18-year-old dies in hunting accident in Southwest Alaska

An 18-year-old died Monday when he was shot while hunting with friends in Southwest Alaska, troopers said.

Joseph George was goose hunting around 6:30 p.m. Monday in Nightmute, said Gretchen Weiss-Brooks, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers. He was shot at close range when one of the friends fired as a goose flew by, Weiss-Brooks said by email.

“No suspicious activity is suspected at this time,” she said.

Troopers in Bethel were notified of the accident around 7:20 p.m., troopers wrote in an online statement.

No charges or citations have been filed, and troopers said the investigation is ongoing. George’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, troopers said.

Tess Williams

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