Another Young Hunter Shot in Louisiana Accident

Earlier in the week we told you about the sad story of a 19-year-old who was killed in a hunting … Continued

Earlier in the week we told you about the sad story of a 19-year-old who was killed in a hunting accident in Mississippi on Sunday.

Tragically, a similar incident occurred involving another young hunter the same day in Louisiana when 19-year-old Dyllan Brown was shot in the back of the head by a fellow duck hunter. Luckily, Brown survived but is currently in critical condition at LSU-Shreveport. Officials have ruled the shooting an accident and said no charges will be filed.

From this update and the original story in The New Star:
_Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are still investigating a Sunday hunting trip that left a teenager in critical condition. LDWF officials said Dyllan Brown, 19, was shot in the back of the head by James A. Speller, 20. Brown remains hospitalized in Shreveport in critical condition.

Region Capt. Alan Bankston said the incident occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday at D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge, located in both Ouachita and Union parishes.
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_Bankston said the victim and Speller were duck hunting when the victim was shot. The victim was taken to the boat dock and airlifted to a Shreveport hospital.

Bankston said they are interviewing witnesses to the incident and it is still under investigation. Speller has not been charged.
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Update:
_Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Capt. Alan Bankston said Dyllan Brown, 19, was still in the intensive care unit at LSU-Shreveport and in critical condition.

Bankston said the investigation into the incident is nearly wrapped up.

“There won’t be any citations issued or charges filed,” Bankston said. “This was strictly accidental.”

Officials said Brown was shot in the back of the head by James A. Speller, 20.

Bankston said the incident occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday at D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge, which is in both Ouachita and Union parishes.

Bankston said Brown and Speller were duck hunting when Brown was shot.

Brown was taken to the boat dock and airlifted to a Shreveport hospital._

The circumstances of this situation are quite different from the Mississippi accident, but the question still stands: can anything be done, from an educational or training standpoint, to help prevent incidents like this, especially involving young, less experienced hunters?