Troopers: Worker hurt after coworker’s shotgun discharges

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers said a 43-year-old state Department of Fish and Game worker sustained minor injuries after a coworker’s shotgun unexpectedly discharged while they were out in the field.

Troopers said John “Chris” Ford of Petersburg was treated and released following the Aug. 17 incident in the Stikine River drainage in southeast Alaska.

Troopers said their investigation continues, adding that no foul play is suspected. According to troopers, three Fish and Game employees were working in the area when the shotgun discharged.

Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh says the agency routinely issues shotguns to employees for bear protection.

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