Man mistakes farmhand for groundhog, shoots her

Man, 79, kills 22-year-old worker.
Associated Press
May 7, 2014

A northeast Ohio sheriff says a 79-year-old man accidentally shot and killed one of his farmhands after mistaking her for a groundhog as she lay in tall grass.

Natasha Stover, 22, of New Philadelphia, was shot once in the head Monday afternoon in Sugar Creek Township south of Canton. She died Tuesday at a hospital.

Stark County Sheriff George Maier says Stover was shooting at targets with a BB gun when her boss, Ralph Adams Jr., spotted what he thought was a groundhog in one of his fields. The sheriff says Adams shot Stover with a rifle from a distance of 165 feet.

No charges have been filed. Maier said Wednesday the investigation will be given to the Stark County prosecutor's office for review.

 

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2cents

Very sad, never shoot at what you can not see. All are losers in this case : (

worddrow811

He should be charged with reckless homicide.

deertracker

I agree!

Stop It

165 feet? Just a little more than half of a football field and he can't tell the difference between a ground hog and a human? Why was his aim so good for a headshot?

slugger0528

He must of been drunk or something not to see a person in the grass

Licorice Schtick

Guns don't kill people. People with guns kill people.

FTFOI

I just want to know what kind of farm this is. Not too often do we have 2 female farm hands hanging out with the boss. (wink, wink)

FTFOI

I just want to know what kind of farm this is. Not too often do we have 2 female farm hands hanging out with the boss. (wink, wink)

Unassumer

there should be no shooting if there are farmhands present. period.

rottnrog

Bet he belongs to the NRA !!

Darwin's choice

I'll take that bet! And, double down on you that he's an obama supporting democrat!

Pony up!

Dr. Information

People in cars kill people each day. What's your point.

Ralph J.

I recall a woman who wore white mittens in Maine being shot and killed in her own back yard. The young doctor who killed her mistook her for a white tailed deer. There have been several people shot and killed because they were mistaken for bears.

KURTje

Let him drive a vehicle or hold for political office. "Shades of Gene Damschroder."