WWCSO seeking shooter (WWCSO)
WWCSO seeking shooter (WWCSO)

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office wants to know who shot a bear  hunter with a a high-powered rifle.

   Friday bear hunter shot east of Walla Walla

Friday, August 5th, Walla Walla Deputies and other  law enforcement agencies swarmed to Nightingale  Canyon,  which is just over 10 miles east of Walla Walla, after a hunter was shot. The WWCSO  released this information Monday.

Around 8:28 PM the reporting  party told officials they'd been  bear  hunting with a partner. After shooting  a bear across the canyon, one of the hunters tracked across to where the bear was.

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The other one stayed behind to monitor the track. At that point the second hunter heard  a loud gunshot, and saw the other one fall to the ground and roll down the hillside of the canyon.

After reaching the victim, the first hunter determined they'd been shot by a high powered rifle. They said they'd heard voices up the canyon and after reaching their friend, they looked towards where the shot came from.

   A person was seen running  through a field nearby

Multiple medical agencies and other hunters in the area helped tend to the injured person. Officials say the hunter who was not shot provided information about other vehicles in the area, and two other hunters said they also heard voices in the canyon area.

Search warrants  have been applied for, however  the suspects remain at large. The WWCSO did not say if this appears to be an accident. Anyone with any information is urged to call (509)-527-3265.

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