Man shot in face with shotgun

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The Graham County Sheriff’s Office investigated a shooting that was deemed a hunting accident.

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – A man was flown to an out-of-area hospital for surgery on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after being shot in the face with a shotgun in a hunting accident.

According to a Graham County Sheriff’s Office report, the victim was quail hunting with his friend when some quail flew out of the bushes between them. The victim’s friend fired without realizing where the victim was and accidentally shot him. 

The victim reportedly had pellet holes in his face, right arm, and chest. Due to how close some of the pellets were to the victim’s nerves, he was flown from Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center to another hospital for more specialized surgery. 

The incident was listed as a hunting accident with no further action by law enforcement. If it sounds familiar, it might be because in February 2006 former Vice-President Dick Cheney famously accidentally shot his lawyer acquaintance Harry Whittington to the left side of his face and torso with pellets in a quail hunting accident.