Marion County Sheriff's Office releases named in fatal hunting accident

Missouri State Highway Patrol on the scene of a fatal hunting accident in Hannibal, MO on Saturday (KHQA/Mack Pierce).


On February 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call involving a shooting that had occurred on Highway 24 near the Highway 36 interchange. Deputies arrived on scene, along with members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ralls County Sheriff’s Office, Center Police Department, Marion Country Ambulance District and the Palmyra Fire Department. Once on scene, deputies identified a man with a gunshot wound during a hunting incident. This individual was treated on scene by medical personal and then transport by Marion County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital. The individual, identified as Justin A. Tobias, 27, of Palmyra, Missouri, was pronounced deceased on February 24, 2018 at 4:08 p.m. by the Marion County Coroner at Hannibal Regional Hospital. Of the other parties involved, no other injuries were reported.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Conservation in investigation of the incident. At this time, it is believed the incident was accidental and no criminal charges are being sought. This investigation will continue and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Posted Saturday Feb. 24, 2018

KHQA has confirmed through the Marion County Sheriff's Office that they are investigating a fatal hunting accident in Marion County.

Sgt. Brock Decker with the Marion County Sheriff's office says they were called out to HWY 36 and U.S. 24 around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Sgt. Decker says he does not believe the shooting is a criminal matter.

Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed earlier in the day that there had been a shooting involving a person who was snow goose hunting. They reported a gun shot wound to the chest of the victim.

Sgt. Decker says no one else was injured in the incident and he would not comment on whether or not other individuals were involved in the shooting.

He says it's an on-going investigation and the Marion County Sheriff's Office is working with the Missouri Department of Conservation in the investigation.

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