CACHE COUNTY, UTAH – October 12, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — A 10-year-old boy who was killed in a Cache County hunting accident has been identified.
The Cache County Sheriff’s Office said the victim, identified as Zachary Woodruff of Smithfield, was shot around 5:30 p.m. Saturday near Red Spurs. A hunting companion’s rifle accidentally discharged as he removed it from his four-wheeler, fatally wounding the boy. According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, “The victim was sitting on the floorboard of a four-wheeler while trying to stay warm and out of the wind. A hunting companion pulled up next to the victim, got off his four-wheeler and was removing his rifle from the front of the second four-wheeler when the rifle went off hitting the victim.
Woodruff was pronounced dead at the scene by LifeFlight medics. Authorities confirmed he was resident of Cache County.
“As you can imagine the family is devastated,” said Cache County Chief Deputy Matt Bilodeau. “During an outing meant to create memories, enjoy nature, and bring family and friends closer, to have something like this happen is just unimaginable. Please pray for their family.”