MORA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a teenager accidentally shot and killed himself trying to remove his jacket while hunting in central Minnesota.

The Kanabec County sheriff’s office says authorities were called to a hunting accident near Mora Monday. Fifteen-year-old Jeremiah Scofield was dead at the scene.

Scofield had a gunshot wound to his upper leg and was in a deer stand about 10 feet off the ground. Investigators say he apparently was trying to remove his jacket, with the firearm between his legs, when the gun went off and struck him in the leg.

Scofield’s family tells KMSP-TV that he loved hunting, trapping, swimming and fishing.

He was the fourth hunter to die since the start of Minnesota’s firearms deer season. Two hunters died in tree strand accidents and one of natural causes.

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Comments (5)
  1. Correct says:

    This “Hunting” thing sure seems necessary. How many kids get to die every year so we can still behave like cave-people? Look how many kids were killed in the UK this year due to guns… like 0, but keep fighting for your boomsticks, primates. We couldn’t live w/o them

    1. Incorrect says:

      Maybe you should move to the UK…….Loser

    2. jackactionhero says:

      Stupid Comment of the Day! Congratulations for your stupidity! Way to go!

  2. Wendy Mitchell Kasprowicz says:

    This was a HORRIBLE and TRAGIC ACCIDENT!!!!! This young man will be missed by all who knew him. That should be the focus of this. Hunting accidents happen and it was just that a HORRIBLE ACCIDENT!!!!

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Hunting accidents DO NOT, and CAN NOT happen with firearms unless someone violates one of the 4 Primary Rules of Firearm Safety.