Hoquiam hunter killed by gunfire in Okanogan County

OKANOGAN, Wash. -- Deputies are investigating the death of a 52-year-old Hoquiam man who was shot and killed while hunting in rural Eastern Washington.

Two men were grouse hunting in the area near Chesaw, when Michael Carrigan spotted a grouse in a tree on the side of the road, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers. Carrigan parked, got out of the car, walked into a field and fired a shot, but missed. His friend said after Carrigan fired a second shot, another shot rang out from another direction.

The friend said he saw Carrigan turn around bloodied, then fall to the ground.

The friend said a second shot rang out as he took his wounded friend to a nearby home and called for help. Medics arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Deputies have interviewed people in the area including the two people living at another home near where the shooting occurred.

Rogers says they are investigating the incident as a murder but no arrests have been made, although they do have persons of interest.