21-year-old man facing life threatening injuries after mistakenly shot in Michigan by coyote hunter

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WILLIAMSTON, Mich. (WLNS) — A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest by a coyote hunter who mistook him for the animal he was searching for, according to police.

Four teenagers were hunting coyotes on Saturday at around 2:00 a.m. when one of them mistook the man for a coyote and shot him, 6 News confirmed with Ingham County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Harris.

The 19-year-old from Mason shot a coyote and was looking for it using night vision equipment, the captain adds.

The two men did not know each other, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office has turned the investigation over to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources because the shooting was hunting-related.

The 19-year-old was with three other teenagers from Williamston, two who are 18 and one who is 16, Harris said.

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