NEAR RUSHFORD, Minn. - Investigators are looking into an unusual incident that killed a 47-year-old Utica man Saturday night
Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen says 47-year-old Jeffrey Taylor died after being struck by shrapnel while people were target shooting at a bachelor-bachelorette party.
The victim and his two sons had been tending to his cattle at a property in Arendahl Township where the party was being held.
Taylor and his sons were reportedly invited to stop by the party as they were leaving.
Sheriff Jensen said that some of the people from the party were shooting at explosive targets for entertainment around 9 p.m. and that Taylor was in a crowd of people watching when a shot sent shrapnel flying. Some of the metal struck Taylor.
Witnesses say Taylor immediately collapsed with a wound to his abdomen. He was driven to a nearby location where the Rushford Ambulance and Mayo One helicopter were waiting to transport him, but Taylor was pronounced dead on the scene.
The case is expected to be sent to the Fillmore County Attorney for review.
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