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A Syracuse man died in Cache County Tuesday after a hunting companion slipped and accidentally fired his shotgun, striking the victim in the back.

Norman E. Newbold, 57, was hunting with three friends from Davis County at the Sportsman's Paradise hunting club near Paradise, said Cache County sheriff's Lt. Mike Peterson.

"They were all recreating up here, getting some late-season pheasant hunting in," Peterson said.

At about 2 p.m., one of Newbold's companions was trying to shoot at some pheasants when he slipped on some mud and fell into a creek, accidentally firing his 12-gauge shotgun. Newbold, who was standing only eight feet away, was struck in the back, Peterson said. Newbold collapsed. His companions called 911 and attempted first aid. He was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital, where he died about 3 p.m., Peterson said.

"All of the evidence in this incident is indicating this was a tragic accident," Peterson wrote in a news release. "Further investigation will continue with assistance from the state medical examiner's office; however, no criminal charges are being considered at this time."

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