MARQUETTE — A 28-year-old Negaunee man died during surgery after being shot in a hunting accident Wednesday afternoon.
Jason Rob Ockerman was part of a six-person group hunting in the woods of Wells Township, about 25 miles south of Marquette, according to Lt. John Cischke of the Newberry office of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which is handling the investigation of the incident.
While the party returned to their vehicles and began unloading their firearms, a hunting partner’s rifle accidently discharged, striking Ockerman in the upper thigh and causing severe damage, Cischke said.
“The sad thing was that the 4-year-old (Ockerman’s son) was there,” Cischke said. “It’s a sad thing for Thanksgiving.”
Ockerman was transported to Marquette General Hospital, where he died on the operating table, Cischke said.
The shooting has been ruled accidental and there are no charges pending against the hunting partner, Cischke said. The firearm has been sent to the Michigan State Police lab to determine what caused it to discharge.
According to an official with the Negaunee post of the Michigan State Police, an autopsy on Ockerman is scheduled for today.
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