Buckhead man dies in hunting incident

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By Patrick Yost

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A Buckhead man died last Friday, November 11 after he was shot during what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is calling a “hunting accident.”

According to Special Agent Joe Wooten, Joseph Wesley Hoffman, 34, was pronounced dead at the Jasper Memorial Hospital after he was transported to the hospital with a bullet wound.

Wooten said Hoffman was shot by a hunting partner at approximately 5:40 p.m.

Wooten said the hunting partner, was moving a Ruger .243 caliber rifle from the back seat of a pickup truck while the pair was preparing to check tree stands in preparation for the next day’s hunt when the rifle fired and the bullet struck Hoffman. Hoffman was standing by the rear, driver’s side door of the pickup truck when the rifle fired.

The incident occurred several miles east of Monticello in Jasper County off Georgia Highway 16. Wooten said 911 was called immediately but Hoffman could not be saved.

The body was transported to the GBI Crime lab in Atlanta. Wooten said a physical autopsy has been completed but authorities are still waiting for a ruling from the GBI medical examiner on “cause and manner of death.”

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