Investigation continues in hunting-related fatality

Amber Gillenwater

December 4, 2013

BIDWELL — Investigators are still trying to determine what happened following a hunting-related death that occurred in rural Gallia County early on Monday morning.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning reported on Tuesday that investigators are trying to determine if the gunshot wound that killed 45-year-old Larry W. Bradley, of Bidwell, Ohio, was self-inflicted.

“We’re trying to determine if it’s a self-inflicted wound. Right now, it doesn’t appear that way,” Browning stated.

Gallia County emergency response crews, including volunteers Springfield Township Fire Department and Gallia County EMS responded to the Thaxton Road area in Morgan Township at approximately 9 a.m. on Monday after receiving report of an injured hunter in a tree stand.

Upon arrival at the scene, deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and wildlife officers with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) found the body of Bradley, who had died from an apparent gunshot wound.

Browning stated that investigators are currently trying to talk to any hunters or other individuals who might have been in the area at the time of the incident.

The Sheriff further requested that anyone who may have any possible information in regard to this case call the sheriff’s office tip-line at (740) 446-6555.