CBI re-creates hunter’s shooting
Post Independent Staff
The investigation into the shooting death of a turkey hunter last month could change direction after a re-creation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The CBI hoped to re-create Monday every aspect of Jeff Garrett’s death in East Elk Creek north of New Castle ” from the type of camouflage Garrett was wearing to the lighting that day, May 14, said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario.
Investigators have proceeded under the theory that Garrett was shot accidentally, probably by another hunter. But Monday’s investigation could answer the biggest question in Garrett’s death: “Did this guy know he was shooting at a person?” Vallario said.
The results of the investigation weren’t available immediately.
Garrett’s death was suspicious because a bullet killed him ” turkeys are hunted with shotguns in the spring and rifles in the fall, Vallario said. As of Monday Vallario was still confident Garrett was killed by accident and hopeful that someone would come forward.
“I really think there’s some decent person out there who made a tragic mistake,” he said.
The investigation is very difficult, but CBI has made it a priority, and the sheriff’s office has “100 percent confidence” in its expertise, Vallario said.
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