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A man hunting with his grandson accidentally killed a U.S. Marine due to return to duty this week, after mistaking him for a bear in the Oregon wilderness, authorities said.

Christopher Ochoa, 20, of French Camp, Calif., died at the scene in western Oregon Friday night. He had been hiking with a friend through a field and was wearing dark clothes, according to The Associated Press. The pair were headed to Silver Creek Falls Park.

Gene Collier, who was hunting bear with his 12-year-old grandson saw movement in the brush and fired one shot from a .270-caliber rifle, striking Ochoa, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said. His pal was able to summon authorities and direct them to the scene. Although deputies administered first aid to Ochoa, who was alive when they arrived, he died at the scene.

Collier, 67, hasn't been charged and authorities said the shooting appeared to be accidental. Still, the case was handed over to the local district attorney's office.

A press release from the sheriff's office said Collier cooperated fully with authorities, and there was no indication that he was impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Ochoa's family in California told police he and Raymond Westrom, 53, of Lathrop, Calif., were in Salem, Oregon, to do work on a house. Ochoa was set to report back for duty on Oct. 25.


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Re: Marine Mistaken for a Bear, Shot and Killed by Hunter

Going on a hunt to kill bears is a complete riddle to me.

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Re: Marine Mistaken for a Bear, Shot and Killed by Hunter

must've been a really hairy marine, growing a beard & getting ready to go under cover in afghanistan

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Re: Marine Mistaken for a Bear, Shot and Killed by Hunter

So the man was shot on the say so of a boy *tut tut
Precisely why the public shouldn't be allowed gun ownership..it's not the wild west any more..Jesus!

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I thought they are saving bears. How come they allowed people to hunt them.

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Re: Marine Mistaken for a Bear, Shot and Killed by Hunter

This happens very often here too, during wild boars hunting: but almost always one gets charged with "culpable homicide" through wrongful conduct, since you shouldn't shoot from a .270-caliber just because you "saw movement in the brush", and since there could be some human being behind that bush.

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The man fired one shot from a .270-caliber rifle, striking Ochoa, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said. The sheriff's office said the hunter, Gene Collier, 67, hasn't been charged and said the shooting appeared to be accidental, but turned the case over to the local district attorney's office. Ochoa was still alive when deputies arrived. The deputies administered first aid, but Ochoa died at the scene.

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Yes, that's the part I don't understand: though it "appeared to be accidental", I find it very strange that one is free to shoot at anything that moves behind a bush without having a clue what is it. Also, i guess it's hard to explain to the relatives of the victim: "eh, he was mistaken for a bear".

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I would much rather the gun had backfired and killed the hunter. I will never ever understand the need to go out shooting and killing bears. Or any other wildlife.

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Gene Collier, who was hunting bear with his 12-year-old grandson saw movement in the brush and fired one shot from a .270-caliber rifle, striking Ochoa, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.
Fucking IDIOT

First rule of hunting is KNOWING wtf you're shooting at. OLD BITCH needs charged. Stupid son of a cunt, God damn this makes me MAD. Mother fucker.

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