Petersburg teen dies in hunting accident

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A Petersburg teenager died Sunday in an accidental shooting while hunting grouse, the Alaska State Troopers said.

Jacob Madsen, 16, slipped on ice Sunday afternoon and his .22-caliber rifle fired as he and a 17-year-old companion walked along Dry Straits Road about 28 miles from Petersburg.

A bullet struck Madsen in the head. Madsen's friend tried to drive to get help but his truck bogged down in a swampy area.

The boy found three fishermen a mile away who drove their truck back to the scene, loaded Madsen into it and started driving to Petersburg.

An ambulance met them and completed the trip to Petersburg Medical Center, where Madsen was pronounced dead.

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