- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah families are devastated after a weekend hunting trip turned tragic when a man accidentally shot and killed a 10-year-old boy, authorities said Monday.

The fatal incident occurred at about 7 p.m. Saturday in a remote part of northern Utah where several fathers and their children were out elk hunting, said Cache County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Bilodeau.

Zachary Woodruff, of Smithfield, Utah, was sitting on the floor of a four-wheeler to stay warm when the family friend pulled alongside in his four-wheeler. He was removing and manipulating his rifle when it went it off, hitting the boy.

With no cellphone service, one person hopped on a four-wheeler and went up a nearby hill until he could make a 911 call, Bilodeau. By the time a medical helicopter arrived, the boy had died, he said.

The investigation is ongoing, but Bilodeau says he doesn’t expect the man to be arrested or charged. His name is not being released.

Bilodeau said the boy’s family and the family of the man who shot him are beyond devastated. They have told authorities they don’t want to talk to reporters, he said. A person who answered the phone at the Woodruff house declined comment.

“They are horrified about what happened,” Bilodeau said. “One minute you are having a good time, the next minute your whole world is gone.”

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