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Officials have released the name of the man how was shot while hunting on Pontiac Ridge Monday.
The man was identified as 52-year-old Michael R. Carrigan, of Hoquiam Washington.
On Monday, Carrigan was grouse hunting with 65-year-old George R. Stover, of Hoquiam.
According to Stover, the two of them were driving around looking for grouse on Pontiac Ridge. Stover said that as they drove onto Cow Camp Road they saw a grouse in a tree off the side of the road. Stover said that they stopped and Carrigan got out of the vehicle and walked into a field and shot at the grouse, missing it the first time and then shooting again. Stover told authorities that was when he heard another shot come from somewhere else. Stover, who was still sitting in the vehicle, said he saw Carrigan turn around and could see blood on him. Stover said that Carrigan then fell down then he heard another shot. Stover then drove out of the area to get help from law enforcement.
Officials went to the scene that night. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said they processed the area where they found Carrigan as well as a residence that is about 100 yards from the scene.
Rogers said the two occupants of the residence have been interviewed and several items were collected from the residence, but he said, currently no arrests have been made. He added that they do have persons of interest.
An autopsy on Carrigan’s body is scheduled for today. Rogers said, the investigation is still on going.