Authorities investigate possible fatal hunting accident in Pike County

Posted: Dec. 2, 2012 12:40 am Updated: Dec. 30, 2012 2:15 am

CHAMBERSBURG, Ill. -- The Pike County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fatal shooting incident that may be related to hunting.

A press release from Sheriff Paul Petty said the department received a 911 call at 7:48 a.m. Saturday regarding a hunting accident in rural Chambersburg in Pike County.

Upon arriving at the scene, authorities encountered the body of John R. Ware of Jacksonville, who was pronounced dead by the Pike County coroner.

Petty said preliminary indications led authorities to believe Ware suffered a fatal gunshot wound while present at a local duck-hunting lodge near the Illinois River.

The incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police, the Pike County Sheriff's Department and the Pike County coroner's office.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning. Authorities say they hope to provide more information at that time.