Maple Grove Man Shot in Kansas Hunting Accident
Law enforcement officials say Brian Hansen of Maple Grove was shot twice with a shotgun by his turkey hunting partner last Friday. His condition is unknown.
During a recent Kansas hunting trip, a Maple Grove man sustained “multiple wounds” after he was accidentally shot twice with a shotgun by his hunting partner, according to a statement from the Geary County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas.
Brian Hansen, 53, of Maple Grove, was shot during a turkey hunting trip Friday, April 27, in Geary County.
As of Tuesday, May 1, a Stormont-Vail Hospital representative told Patch they are unable to release Hansen’s condition. The Kansas City Star reported April 30 Hansen was “expected to recover,” according to Geary County Undersheriff Tony Wolf.
The following are details about the incident, according to a news release provided by Geary County Undersheriff Tony Wolf:
Brian Hanson and Terrance Spaeth traveled to Kansas from Minnesota and were hunting on public hunting grounds south of Milford, according to the Geary County Sheriff’s Office.
“This morning shortly after 7 a.m., we received word from Geary Community Hospital that a gunshot wound victim had come into the emergency room. Deputies responded up there and found that this was the result of a bad hunting accident,” Geary County Sheriff’s officials said in an April 27 statement.
“They [Hanson and Spaeth] went out together before light this morning and decided to split up and then when it got light out, one of them decided to get up and start moving around and he walked across the field of view of his buddy. Being dressed in all camouflage, he blended in with the background and the gentleman thought he saw a turkey in the area and he shot and ended up shooting his friend,” Geary County Undersheriff Tony Wolf said in the April 27 media release.
Hansen was reportedly about 45-yards out in front of his friend, 67-year-old Terrance Spaeth, when he was shot.
“After the initial shot, he [Spaeth] saw what he thought was a turkey laying on the ground flailing around so he decided to shoot it again in an attempt to put it out of its misery. That’s when he realized that it was his friend because of the moaning,” Wolf said in the April 27 media release.
Responding Geary County Sheriff’s deputies say Hansen received “multiple pellet wounds from the shotgun to the entire right side of his body—his head, the side of his face, shoulder area, hand, lower buttocks, groin and leg,” according to the news release.
Spaeth brought Hansen out of the woods, law enforcement officials said, and drove him to Geary Community Hospital. He was transferred to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka for further treatment.
Spaeth is not facing criminal charges in the incident, according to Wolf.
The Geary County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in the investigation.