Forest product worker Carlos Pablo-Carrillo was at work in Mason County, Washington near Olympic National Park harvesting salal, a plant used in the floral industry when he was shot. He reportedly was in heavy timber about 100 feet from an open, ungated road. Two bear hunters were walking on the road, and one thought he saw a bear so he took a shot. There was no bear though, it was Mr. Pablo-Carrillo who was hit, and he did not survive. He was just twenty-five years old.
The hunter believed he missed, so he left the area without trying to track what he assumed was bear. Later when he heard news accounts about a man who died in the same location from a gunshot wound, he visited local police and told them it was he who took the shot. Later the hunter was found not guilty of manslaughter when his cased was tried.
The victim’s wife is now suing three Washington companies, G.R. Kirk Co. of Tacoma, Two Noble Guys and Hiawatha, Inc. for allowing forest product workers and hunters to be in the same area at the same time.
The lawsuit says, “In this case, one of the workers was shot and killed as a result of the dangerous condition created by the corporate defendants in their pursuit of profits, leaving a widow and a fatherless daughter.” (Source: New Tribune)
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The photograph is not the exact location of the hunting accident, but in the general area.