A 17-year-old Brockway Township teen was shot and killed Thursday in what appears to be a hunting accident.
St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said Devon Derouin was scouting for deer on property in the 12000 block of Wilkes Road at about 7:30 p.m.
At the same time, three hunters had been given permission to hunt coyote on the same parcel of land. One of the hunters, a 24-year-old man from Port Huron Township, saw movement in brush at the base of a tree. Believing it was an animal, he fired one shot from a distance of about 150 yards.
That shot killed Derouin. He was hit by a 22-caliber bullet while sitting at the base of the tree.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene of the incident, which remains under investigation. All parties involved have been cooperative in the investigation of the incident.
Yale and Capac Police Departments, Brockway Fire and Rescue and Tri-Hospital EMS assisted at the scene.
Donnellon says the hunter and his two companions are cooperating in the investigation, which will be completed next week.