Father, son involved in apparent fatal target shooting accident ID’d

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SNOWVILLE, Utah — Authorities have identified the father and son involved in an apparent fatal target shooting accident in Box Elder County Saturday evening.

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. when 27-year-old James Shurtz and his father Glenn were out shooting targets in a remote area off of State Route 30, approximately 20 miles west of Snowville, according to a press release from Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office. The Shurtz’s had multiple targets set up at different ranges and were shooting at them with a high-powered rifle.

The sheriff’s office described the temporary range as east to west with targets west of the shooter.

“Father and son were alternating positions; one would shoot and the other would be downrange as a spotter.

When Glenn Shurtz was shooting, the release states, Jame Shurtz was in position downrange acting as a spotter.

“James was struck by a single round from a .30 caliber rifle,” the release states.

James Shurtz was shot in the chest.

The incident is still under investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.



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