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Washington Island PD issue press release on fatal hunting accident | By Tyler P. McGrane

November 23, 2020 – West Bend, WI – Washington Island Police just issued a press release regarding a fatal hunting accident that occurred Sunday, November 22, 2020.

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On November 22, 2020 at 5:09 p.m. the Washington Island Police Department received a report from the Door County Communications Center of a hunter that had been shot on the North end of Washington Island, WI.

Personnel and equipment from the Washington Island Police Department, Washington Island Fire Department, Washington Island Rescue Squad and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene.

The preliminary investigation conducted by Wisconsin DNR indicated the hunter appeared to be exiting a ground blind and accidentlly shot himself.  The 65-year-old man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The hunter was identified as Steven E. Hoogester of West Bend, WI.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources continues to investigate the incident along with the Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office. This incident remains open pending the autopsy report.

Washington Island Police Chief Tyler McGrane (920) 847-2355 and Department of Natural Resources Recreation Warden Darren Kuhn (920) 615-6075 are the designated spokesmen for this incident.

Tyler P. McGrane

Police Chief

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