–Dave Maccar

Friends and family are mourning the death of Game Warden Sean O’Shea Smith, 39, of Wesley Chapel, Florida who was killed while hunting after he fell from his treestand Tuesday evening. Friends found his body after he failed to meet up with his hunting group. The cause of his fall is still unclear.

A husband and father of two, O’Shea had been an officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission since 2002.

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_A game warden who fell from a tree stand to his death in a hunting accident Tuesday evening was mourned as a good family man and experienced law enforcement officer.

…He had been an officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission since 2002, said agency spokeswoman Katie Purcell. His patrol area covered Pasco, Hernando, northern Hillsborough and northern Pinellas counties. Well-liked by the public, he worked boating issues, hunting issues, and “helped out in any way needed,” Purcell said. “He was a valuable asset to the (commission),” she said. His death left the agency “deeply saddened.”
_A husband and father of two young boys, Smith enjoyed his family time.

“Just last weekend his wife said they spent a wonderful weekend together doing nothing but spending time with each other and the kids,” Purcell said.

He also loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.

Smith and three other hunters were in the Quail Hollow area about 4 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. When Smith did not return to a designated meeting area about 7 p.m., the other hunters went looking for him and found him on the ground.

It is unclear what caused him to fall from the tree stand.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating his death. Purcell said Smith’s supervisors were with his family Wednesday._