WOAH: Pa. archery hunter shoots himself with crossbow, dies

A bow hunting party in Clearfield County found one of their own fatally hit by an arrow. Now, the Clearfield County Coroner says the victim, 53-year-old Richard Billetdeaux, accidentally shot himself with his own crossbow. (File)

A bow hunting party in Clearfield County found one of their own fatally hit by an arrow. Now, the Clearfield County Coroner says the victim, 53-year-old Richard Billetdeaux, of Gallitzin Pa., accidentally shot himself with his own crossbow, the Associated Press is reporting.

The misfired arrow struck the victim’s upper arm, hitting an artery and causing the man to bleed out before anyone could reach him.

He was part of a four-person hunting party that had spread out to different parts of a state game lands in Chest Township, Clearfield County on Saturday, AP writes.

When his fellow hunters found Billetdeaux, he had no pulse, AP reports.

Clearfield County Coroner Michael Morris tells AP that the death appears to be an accident. But state police were continuing to investigate in hopes of conclusively ruling out other causes.

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