Powers man charged in weekend hunting death
October 28, 2008
COOS BAY — A Southern Oregon man is charged with manslaughter in a hunting fatality over the weekend.
Police said 41-year-old Kelly Johnson claims he was aiming at a deer when 20-year-old Cody Armstrong was shot in the head Sunday just before noon in the Siskiyou National Forest about 16 miles from the small town of Powers.
Armstrong, Johnson and a third person were hunting together near the area known as the McCurdy Seed Orchard when the shooting happened, Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frazier said in a news release. Investigators said that Johnson apparently shot at a sound he thought was a deer and that shot hit Armstrong.
Both men are from Powers, where the school district Superintendent Matt Shorb said the death was like a family loss.
Shorb coached Armstrong in high school basketball and remembered him for his sense of humor and his ability to make others laugh.
— The Associated Press