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Donald W. Pigg, a Rootstown native who died while hunting in Kent Monday, was killed in an accidental shooting by a fellow hunter, according to his son.
Donald J. Pigg said he was hunting with his father and a family friend Monday morning in the wooded area north of Howe Road between Mogadore and Sunnybrook roads when their friend accidentally shot his father.
"It was just a freak accident," Donald J. Pigg said.
The area, formerly known as Spring Water Park, is in Kent's southernmost point and bordered by Brimfield Township.
The Kent Police Department was called to the scene at 8:44 a.m.
Donald W. Pigg, 56, was taken to Akron City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:13 am. Wednesday after undergoing surgery.
Donald J. Pigg said his father spent his life as an outdoorsman, and always made time to go fishing and hunting.
"He used to skip school to go hunting and fishing back in high school," he said. "In Rootstown back then you could get away with that stuff."
Donald W. Pigg most recently lived in Beverly Hills, Fla., and was on his yearly hunting vacation in Ohio when the incident occurred.
"He's come back every year since he moved down there," Donald J. Pigg said.
Donald J. Pigg said his father was loved by people for his sense of humor and compassion.
"He was always funny, always helping to make people smile, wisecracking and laid back," he said. "He would always help people out."
Kent Police and Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci are in discussions regarding the case.
Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver said hunters can hunt on private land in the township as long as the landowner has given permission.
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Speaking on hunter safety in Brimfield, Oliver said hunters should be extra cautious and know the lay of the land because what was once farmland has become housing developments in some areas.
"Everybody needs to be cautious about what's on the other side of their target," Oliver said. "Just like any other right or passion that you have, there's a responsibility that goes with it."