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Hunter’s death ruled accidental

The fatal shooting of a hunter in south Nevada County has been ruled an accident, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Brooks B. Black, 21, a member of the First Marine Division who lived in Twentynine Palms, was shot in the back Monday with his own rifle as he hunted for wild boar with friends at the end of Big Spring Drive near the Spenceville Management Recreation Area, Sheriff’s Capt. Gary Jacobson said Wednesday.

The rifle strap broke as Black hiked with the the gun hanging from his shoulder. The rifle butt struck the ground, and the gun fired, according to Jacobson. He said the bullet entered Black’s lower back and exited his chest.

Black was declared dead at the scene after Higgins Area Fire Protection District crew members tried to resuscitate him, Fire Capt. Jerry Good said. The shooting was reported at 6:40 a.m., and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection also responded.

Good said the shooting occurred in a popular hunting area, and Black was in a group with three friends. The victim had family in Roseville and Citrus Heights, according to Jacobson.

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