Details on hunter’s death on hold pending report

From Mirror staff reports

SIDMAN – Officials are delaying the release of information related to a fatal December hunting accident pending an official coroner’s report.

Tom Fazi, information and education supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s southwest region, said an officer investigating the Dec. 7 shooting of Ashville man Timothy Bruce, 42, in Adams Township, met with Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan Friday afternoon.

Fazi said officials anticipated being able to release more information about the shooting which, according to police, happened near the 400 block of Seesetown Road, when Bruce and eight other hunters spotted a deer and started firing.

Police said a round from one of the hunter’s rifles struck Bruce in the abdomen, killing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

However, Fazi said, Callihan and Game Commission officers agreed to wait for an official coroner’s report to release more information about the shooting, and whether charges will be filed against the shooter.

“Everything’s on hold, basically … and I don’t know when that report will come back,” Fazi said.

Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski was unavailable for comment.

Callihan also was unavailable for comment.

Fazi said investigators believe they know who fired the fatal shot, but “We want to be sure that what we’re finding on that ground is matching what the coroner has found in the autopsy,” he said.

He also said the investigation was a tough one and that most consider the case to have more than one victim.

“These tragedies … there’s always two victims in these tragedies,” he said, including Bruce and the other members of the hunting party.

“The shooter and his family. They’re victims, too, here,” Fazi said. “We know he didn’t intend to hurt anybody there.”

He said Callihan’s office will determine whether charges will be filed.

“It’s ultimately her call,” he said.