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Sheriff: Beloit man's death was hunting accident

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Ted Sullivan
January 5, 2011
— The Beloit man killed in a hunting accident Christmas Eve was shot while his son was handing him his rifle, according to a Rock County Sheriff's Office investigation completed Tuesday.

Patrick Preston, 30, was deer hunting with his 12-year-old son in Newark Township when the accident occurred at 12:30 p.m., the sheriff's office reported.


Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said the father and son had previously hunted on the land eight miles west of Beloit.


The boy is with his family, Spoden said.


Preston's family members could not be reached for comment, but a Facebook page titled "In loving memory of Patrick Preston" has been created in his honor.


Information provided on the page says Preston had three children ages 12, 8 and 4. The page lists Preston's interests as hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. It also states Preston liked the Green Bay Packers and rap music.


People who wrote on the page called Preston a good father and friend. They said they had great memories of him, and that they were praying for his family.


According to the sheriff's office:


A resident near the 12000 block of Brandherm Road reported a 12-year-old boy had come to the house seeking help for his father, who had been shot in a wooded area nearby.


Deputies found Preston in the woods with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Deputies and emergency crews tried to revive him.


Preston was taken to Beloit Memorial Hospital where he died.


Preliminary autopsy results and an investigation indicated the death was an accident.



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