Sheriff: Oregon bow hunter arrested for releasing arrow that killed hunting partner

Michael Shawn Pekarek, jail booking photo

A Tillamook bow hunter is facing the charge of criminally negligent homicide after deputies said he shot and killed his hunting partner in Deschutes County as they were tracking a mule deer.

Michael Shawn Pekarek, 53, called 911 at 7:40 a.m. Monday and told dispatchers he had shot a man with an arrow while they were bow hunting near Paulina Lake Road, about seven miles east of Highway 97.

Pekarek was given instructions on how to perform CPR, which he did until deputies and medics arrived to take over.

Jeffrey Lynn Cummings, 45, of Wood Village, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said Pekarek and Cummings were bow hunting when Pekarek spotted a mule deer from their vehicle.

Pekarek, who was the passenger, got out of the vehicle to attempt a shot at the animal.

Deputies said Cummings also got out with his bow. According to investigators, Pekarek was ready to fire, but the deer moved out of his view.

He then turned with his bow pointed toward Cummings to tell him the deer was moving in his direction. Investigators said Pekarek released his arrow, which hit Cummings in the abdomen.

Pekarek attempted to render aid to Cummings and then called 911, according to deputies.

Pekarek was arrested and booked into the Deschutes County Jail on the charge of criminally negligent homicide. His bail was set at $50,000.

The investigation is continuing and no other information was immediately released by investigators.

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