Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 18, 2013

Name released in hunting death

Deputies say Joseph Steele was accidentally shot and killed by family member.

From staff reports

Burlington — Howard County deputies have released the name of a 28-year-old man who they say was accidentally shot and killed while hunting Saturday evening.

Deputies said Joseph Steele, 9000 block of West 200 South, was hunting with family members in a wooded area just south of his residence.

According to witnesses, the hunters had split up, and at some point they lost sight of the Steele. One of the hunters fired from a distance at what he perceived to be a squirrel, deputies said.

Moments later, Steele yelled out that he’d been shot. He was able to communicate with witnesses before eventually losing consciousness.

The witnesses treated Steele at the scene while waiting for medical personnel to arrive. According to the scanner, a .22 caliber round was used in the shooting.

The Burlington Fire Department was treating the victim for a single gunshot wound to the chest when deputies arrived around 6:30 p.m.

Deputies said family members and witnesses are cooperating with investigators to piece together the events leading up to the shooting.

Assisting at the scene was Parkview-Samaritan flying ambulance, Howard County Emergency Management, Community Howard Regional Health Medic 22 and the Indiana DNR.

Howard County Coroner Jay Price was also on scene, and completed an autopsy this morning to help determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone who may have information about this case should contact the Howard County Sheriff’s Department at 765-456-2031, ext. 247.