MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (AP) - A hunter has been found mortally wounded in East Tennessee.
Authorities said 45-year-old Ricky E. Arnold of Mountain City died at a hospital a few hours after people on a Johnson County road found him wounded beside his vehicle on Wednesday.
Johnson County Sheriff Chris Mathes said it appears a gunshot wound to Arnold's head was the result of a hunting accident, but an autopsy was ordered, according to the Johnson City Press.
Mathes said the upward angle of the bullet wound indicates the .22-caliber rifle discharged as Arnold set it down.
Arnold had a hunting license. A crossbow was also found near his vehicle.
Deputies have not found any witnesses to the shooting.
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