Hunter Shot Man – Wife Sues

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)

According to one source, an estimated 1,000 people are accidentally shot each year by hunters in the United States and Canada. (Source:

Image Credit: Brett Holt/Flckr

The photograph is not the exact location of the hunting accident, but in the general area.


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Lydia Weissmuller Price

I feel so bad for the wife and child of that man. The woods are not safe when there are sadists prowling around with guns. Anyone mushroom picking, or even just hiking should always wear blaze orange. You never know when some hunter will have you in his sights.

Stephanie Reap
Stephanie Reap4 years ago

He got what he deserved! Sorry.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

GOOD. I hate hunting and have absolutely no respect for Hunters. May he go broke and never return to any woods again.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley5 years ago

Personally, I do not care for hunting.
But I realize that some people do "live off the grid", and/or hunt to eat for other reasons. But it is important, to me, that the shots are all "clean-kills", the entire animal is used, and most of all, there is a huge sense of responsibility every time there is a shot. Too many "hunters" feel no sense of responsibility--case in point, this "hunter" who shot his gun at "a bear", then just left the scene without a follow-through. He was, obviously, criminally negligent. As he did, in fact, kill a man, he should have to pay reparation to the widow. As he was irresponsible in his "hunting etiquette" (for want of a better phrase), he should be banned from hunting.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

Good for her I'm not fond of hunters by any stretch of the imagination . And then you have a dumbass who couldn't obviously shoo straight if you put a lazer on his gun , who now haphazardly shoots another Human Being............Not to bright there Billy Bob!

paula eaton
paula eaton5 years ago

I hope she wins. My this hunter lose everything he owns and goes to jail for a long time. This will be justice for the murder of animals and justice for the wife. Hunters are sadistic.

Fran F.

I'm not a lawyer, but I don't understand how the verdict could have been anything but involuntary, criminally negligent (or reckless) manslaughter. He didn't positively identify what the thought was a bear before he shot.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

100 years in jail for the hunter. Incompetent, careless, cruel and stupid. And ban hunting to stop the stupidity.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Good luck to her - hope she ruins him, so that he can never afford to hunt again.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the article