- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a southwestern Illinois man died after being shot while on a hunting trip in northeastern Missouri.

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards says 31-year-old James Funk of Mascoutah died Thursday in a Springfield hospital, three days after being shot in Missouri’s Knox County.

Edwards says the shooting appeared to have been accidental, though an investigation by the Missouri Department of Conservation continues.

The department’s Matt Wolken has told KTVO-TV of Kirksville, Missouri, that Funk apparently was shot by a relative after the hunters chased a deer from a wooded area.

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