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SELIGMAN, Ariz. -- Authorities say a 12-year-old appears to have shot his father accidentally while on a hunting trip in Seligman.

Yavapai County sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says 31-year-old Francisco Pacheco-Lozania died Friday after being airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center.

He says the Verde Valley man and his son had been riding in the back of a pickup truck when it stopped, and the boy took aim at a prairie dog.

D'Evelyn says Pacheco-Lozania stood in front of his son just as the boy fired his rifle and was struck in the head.

Deputies initially have labeled the shooting accidental.

D'Evelyn said Monday that the case won't be closed until all the reports, including those from the medical examiner, are complete.

Associated Press,

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