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Uncle charged in death of nephew, 12, shot while hunting

Posted January 11, 2013

— The uncle of a 12-year-old Tarboro boy who was fatally shot during a hunting trip last month has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, authorities said Friday.

Jason Matthews Parker, 30, of Franklinton, was also charged with obtaining a hunting license under false pretense.

Parker was hunting deer Dec. 28 with 12-year-old James Lee Parker, the boy's cousin and the boy's father. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officers initially said the shooting was an accident.

Following an investigation, authorities decided to file the charges. Parker surrendered at the Wake County Detention Center on Thursday evening.

Geoff Cantrell, spokesman for the commission, said Jason Parker had not taken a mandatory free hunting education course.

“Hunting education instructors stress point a firearm in a safe direction at all times. That is rule one,” Cantrell said in a statement.

James Parker was a sixth-grader at Phillips Middle School in Edgecombe County. His family had said he was an avid hunter since age 4.
 

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  • Rebelyell Jan 18, 6:18 p.m.

    Look at it this way. What if every time one of you posters misspelled a word, someone near you was shot? Mistakes are churned out constantly by some folks, I'd rather not go shooting with any of you.

  • Bob3425 Jan 14, 3:09 p.m.

    I understand the uncle needs to be charged, However, I don't think prison time should be given. The guilt he has to carry will last a lifetime, no about of prison time will ever make that go away. He shouldn't be allow to have any firearms or hunting licenses again.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 14, 11:48 a.m.

    "How can you obtain a license legally if you have no proof you took the required course and passed it?" - bubbasu1

    There is an exemption that you can sign a statement saying that you have previously had a hunting license prior to July 1, 1991. Sounds like he never had one, thus the charge of obtaining a hunting license under false pretense.

    "just because yopu own a gun doesn't mean you have a clue what you are doing." - Grand Union

    Definitely agree.

    "it should have been "broken" whilst walking or have no shot in the chamber and safety on if a pump action" - Grand Union

    Unless they were stalk hunting. Someone has already pointed out the problem here, in that he didn't pay attention to the direction his gun was pointing. That's the #1 safety rule, whether you are ready to shoot or not.

  • Grand Union Jan 14, 11:00 a.m.

    "So we want to put a safety class requirement for all gun owners? What a stupid idea."

    why is it a stupid idea?....as this case shows just because yopu own a gun doesn't mean you have a clue what you are doing.

    " Do you realize there is an existing requirement for a safety class prior to obtaining a hunting license? This guy was licensed, but had not taken the course. Boy, those bans/requirements really work well, don't they!"

    Loose and ineffective regulations mean they are easily avoided and ineffective. Regulations need not be loose nor ineffective.

  • Grand Union Jan 14, 10:57 a.m.

    "If you look at the story from other outlets, the uncle tripped with a loaded weapon resulting in an accidental discharge into the nephew who was walking in front of him."

    Still no excuse.....if it was a side by side it should have been "broken" whilst walking or have no shot in the chamber and safety on if a pump action.

    Yes the death of his Nephew is likely punishment enough for him but the lesson needs to be learned by others hence the charges.

  • bubbasu1 Jan 14, 10:24 a.m.

    Let me get this right, a gun Safeyt Course is required to get a license?? Is proof not required that the course has been completed/passed when a person applies for a license? How can you obtain a license legally if you have no proof you took the required course and passed it?

  • meep Jan 11, 7:44 p.m.

    He forgot the the number one rule! Don't ever point the weapon at anything you do no intend to shoot.

    If you look at the story from other outlets, the uncle tripped with a loaded weapon resulting in an accidental discharge into the nephew who was walking in front of him.

  • meep Jan 11, 7:41 p.m.

    So we want to put a safety class requirement for all gun owners? What a stupid idea. Do you realize there is an existing requirement for a safety class prior to obtaining a hunting license? This guy was licensed, but had not taken the course.

    Boy, those bans/requirements really work well, don't they!

  • whyalltheproblems Jan 11, 7:40 p.m.

    it was an accident...it was his nephew. the 'charges' were filed the moment the trigger was pulled. this is so sad.

  • trianglerelic Jan 11, 7:35 p.m.

    @ determined2win: "Did child run into woods & Uncle shoot at the movement?"

    Hunting Rule number 2.. Every hunter knows that you don't shoot at movement, Ever.. You must always know your target, and what lays beyond your target. In other words, not only must you be able to positively Identify your target, you must make every effort to know what may be between the weapon, the target, and what's behind the target should your bullet travel another half mile. I was tracking a sound of movement in the woods while deer hunting. To my surprise, it turned out to be another hunter. It seems that we were tracking eachother, both thinking we were hearing deer in the woods. We both had Blaze Orange on, but had we not followed the basic safety rules, it could have gone very differently. Bullets are like words, you can't ever take them back. Sorry just doesn't cut it. And don't get me wrong, I do feel terrible for the family and the Uncle. Guns are a serious matter.

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