Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputies and medical first responders were dispatched to a field near the intersection of Bell Road and West Grand River Avenue, Saturday, November 16th north of Clarksville on the report of an accidental shooting. Initial reports indicated that while hunting, one man had accidently shot another man with a muzzle loading rifle.
Sheriff’s Deputies said 28-year-old Marcus Fron of Lowell was accidentally shot by his 29-year-old brother from Saranac. The men were looking for a deer that one brother had shot earlier with his muzzle loading rifle. After the two men exhausted a search for the deer which they were unable to locate, they became separated in the dense corn.
The shooter in this case was some distance away and believed he saw the deer moving and heard the deer making noise and fired again, and after firing that shot learned he had struck his brother. He immediately called 911 for help, and the two men walked out of the field together where they were met by medical first responders. Marcus Fron was hospitalized and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police said Monday that the shooter is not being named at this time, as there is the potential for criminal charges stemming from this incident. All parties are cooperative with the investigation, which is open pending blood toxicology testing and review by the Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office.