No charges for Ore. trooper who shot daughter while hunting

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The state Department of Justice has decided there is insufficient evidence to bring a charge of criminally negligent homicide against a state police fish and game trooper who shot and killed his daughter in a hunting accident.

The News-Review newspaper in Roseburg reported that investigators concluded Trooper Don Frerichs violated a basic rule of firearm safety — being sure of your target — but it would be hard to prove he grossly deviated from that standard.

Frerichs told investigators he was hunting north of Myrtle Creek last October with his 20-year-old daughter, Rachel, when she wounded a deer. While tracking down the deer together, Frerichs says he thought he saw its flank in some brush, and fired.

He heard a yell, and found he had shot his daughter.

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