Fort Wayne Hunter Killed By Deer

By Maureen Mespell

November 15, 2011 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM EDT

ALBION, In. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A Fort Wayne man was killed Monday by the deer he shot.

62 year old Paul J. Smith was at Chain O’Lakes State Park hunting deer and called his son around 9 a.m. to tell him he had shot a buck. When Smith came down from his treestand to field dress and tag the deer, he discovered the deer was still alive. He told his son that he and the deer got into a scuffle before he killed it with a knife.

Smith then called park officials for help in transporting the deer to the reduction hunt check in station. When an employee arrived at Smith’s location, they found Smith unconscious.

Attempts to revive Smith were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Noble County Coroner’s office has ruled Smith’s death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly from an encounter he had with the deer he shot. The autopsy revealed that the lacerations on his liver were in line with internal bruising.

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