Man killed by deer hunter

December 16, 2008 7:33:54 AM PST
Prosecutors and police are considering whether to file charges against a deer hunter who killed a man in Pisgah National Forest. Authorities say 50-year-old Luciano Martinez was not hunting Saturday afternoon when he was shot with a rifle.

Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney says the shooter was a 21-year-old man deer hunting in a group. The sheriff would not release his name.

Mahoney says his investigators along with wildlife agents are talking to prosecutors about whether charges should be filed.

State Wildlife Resources Commission hunter education specialist Darrin Ball says eight people were killed in North Carolina while hunting last season, the highest total in nearly two decades.