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Hunting accident leaves one man dead in Tallapoosa County


The ruffling of leaves in the woods in Tallapoosa County caught the ear of a hunter in his tree stand who promptly fired one shot 157 feet away, hitting what he thought was a deer. It turned out to be a fellow hunter, a friend.

The incident happened off Piney Woods Road not far from Highway 280.

"That is correct. That is our understanding he heard the noise and fired off a shot thinking it was a deer," said Alex City police Cpl. Michael Howell.

Police identified the victim as James Raymond Landers of Alex City. Landers was in the process of setting up his own tree stand when he was shot in the lower back. Mr. Landers later died at the Russell Medical Center in Alex City.

Police say no charges will be filed against the hunter who fired the rifle because right now investigators see this as a 'terrible accident.' However, as a matter of protocol the case will be turned over to the Tallapoosa County District Attorney's office.

Alex City police say the two men were veteran hunters and both had been to this particular area hunting deer before. The odd thing is neither one knew the other was on the land at the same time. The men had arrived separately.

"The shooter did not know there was a fellow hunter in the area and Landers was not wearing the recommended orange-clothing hunters typically wear," said Howell.

Howell described the hunter who pulled the trigger as 'shakened' and fully cooperating with police.

James Raymond Landers was 50-years-old and worked for Hyundai Motors in Montgomery.

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