- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Authorities say a 57-year-old hunter is dead after one of his companions slipped in the mud and accidentally shot him in the back in northern Utah.

Cache County deputies say the man was shot about 2 p.m. Tuesday in a remote area west of the tiny town of Paradise, about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. He was later identified as Norman Newbold of Syracuse, Utah.

Deputies say four men were hunting pheasants at a sportsman’s club when one man slipped and accidentally fired his 12-gauge shotgun, shooting Newbold. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies say they’re investigating, but believe the shooting was an accident and don’t anticipate any criminal charges in the case.

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