COLUMBIANA CO., Ohio (WKBN) – The Columbiana County Coroner’s Office has identified the young boy who died Sunday in a hunting accident in southern Columbiana County.
The coroner’s office confirmed that Ethan Barker, 12, died Sunday.
According to an ODNR spokesperson, it happened in the Highlandtown Wildlife Area, which is 10 miles northwest of Wellsville.
ODNR is calling it a “fatal hunting accident” and says that two young males, who were brothers, were hunting when it happened.
On Wednesday, ODNR spokesperson Andy Chow provided the following statement.
“This is a truly tragic situation, and our thoughts are with the family during this extremely difficult time. On Sunday morning, Wildlife officers with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife responded to a report of a hunting incident at Highlandtown Wildlife Area. Officers discovered a juvenile had been fatally shot with a crossbow during an outing with their family. Three juveniles, including the victim, and an adult family member were out hunting deer on Sunday morning when the incident happened. This is an ongoing investigation and there’s no further information at this time.”