New Info: Woman Mistaken For Deer, Fatally Shot By Hunter

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Update:

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ark. – There is new information in a shooting death of a woman in Johnson County, who officials say was mistaken for a deer. 

The Johnson County Sheriff Office on Tuesday identified the victim as Jane Rust. 

The agency also identified the man accused of firing the shot as Dale Williams, 61.

Authorities confirm he has not been charged.

Original story:

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ark. – A 72-year-old woman was shot and killed Sunday in Northwest Arkansas.

The Johnson County Sheriff said the woman was accidentally shot by a hunter who thought he was shooting at a deer.

Several people said they knew the victim and the hunter very well, but they didn’t want to talk about it on camera.

They said it’s a tragic situation and their keeping both families in their prayers.

People said it’s always quiet in Oark. The small town only has about 110 people.

“We don’t see an ambulance or a police car out in this area unless it’s usually something pretty serious,” Charles Karr said.

The Sheriff said the shooting happened near the Yale Community off Highway 215 in Johnson County.

Charles Karr lives in the area.

“It was shocking to me. I heard the ambulance go by here yesterday and police car. I didn’t know at the time what was going on,” Karr said.

The Johnson County Sheriff said a hunter shot and killed a woman accidentally. He thought he was shooting at a deer.

“Well its a sad situation, but my prayers go out to the victim and the shooter,” Karr said.

Officials said the woman was with her sister. As of now the hunter has not been arrested, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Arkansas Game and Fish said it’s not certain if the woman was hunting.

But the incident left some people concerned.

“Just please make sure that you see what you are shooting at. Don’t just shot at anything that moves. I think the deer hunter needs to be real cautious about what he is shooting at make sure it’s a deer,” Karr said.

No names or details of the shooting have been released.

We reached out to Sheriff Larry Jones for an interview, but his office said he was off in observance of Veterans Day.

Arkansas Game and Fish said they had no accidental shootings in 2017.

The commission spokesman said depending on the outcome of Sunday’s incident it could be the first of 2018.

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