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More details emerge in hunting accident

The 36-year-old Virgilina man who was injured Tuesday afternoon in a hunting accident was reported in “stable condition and talking” Wednesday morning by a Duke Medical Center spokesman, according to Julia Dixon, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries director of media relations.

Bobby Joe Overby was deer hunting on Bold Springs Road with two companions, including 22-year-old Ceciley Nicole Smith of South Boston, when he was struck in the left side by a buckshot pellet fired by Smith around 2:30 p.m., Dixon said.

“A deer ran between them, and Smith fired,” said Dixon. “A single 00-buckshot pellet struck Overby. Both were wearing blaze orange, and alcohol was not a factor,” she added.

Emergency personnel and law enforcement were called for the reported shooting accident. Conservation Police Officer Brandon Harris said Overby’s hunting companions took him by personal vehicle to Boston Lumber Company to meet emergency personnel, who then transported him to Halifax Regional Hospital.

Overby was subsequently airlifted to Duke University Medical Center at approximately 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Harris said.

The Conservation Police Officer said he spoke with a family member Wednesday who said Duke medical personnel informed family members they would keep Overby “for awhile.”

Harris said the investigation of the incident should be completed within the next few days.