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Inverness Man Killed In Hunting Accident

John P. Hanlon, 44, of Inverness, was killed in a hunting accident Saturday in Jo Daviess County.

UPDATED: 10:11 A.M. Wednesday, Nov. 22

An Inverness man died in a hunting accident Saturday, Nov. 19.

John P. Hanlon, 44, of Inverness, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest at about 5:30 a.m., the newspaper reported. The incident occured in Jo Daviess County near the intersection of U. S. Route 20 and Dunn Road in rural East Dubuque, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Department told the Telegraph Herald.

Hanlon's 15-year old son was injured by the same bullet.

Hanlon was shot by Kelly Jackson, 53, of East Dubuque. The men were not together and were part of separate hunting parties, said Stacey Solano, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

IDNR is the lead investigating agency on the shooting. Solano said Jackson has been ticketed for misdemeanor reckless conduct because he discharged his firearm – a 12-gauge shotgun – an hour before deer hunting was allowed. Solano said the shotgun was loaded with a deer slug.

Solano said it would have been pitch dark at the time of the shooting. She said the investigation is ongoing.

Palatine Patch has published. Hanlon worked for more than 16 years for Deloitte where he was an International Tax Partner. Hanlon and his wife, Leslie, have four children.

"John was an avid outdoorsman and compassionate friend….one….'Cool Dude'. He loved hunting, fishing and boating with his family. His greatest pleasure was watching and supporting his children play football, basketball, baseball, soccer and dance," the obituary states.

Memorial visitation for John will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2515 Palatine Rd., Inverness. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, P.O. Box 9, Dundee, IL. 60118.

qui me amat November 26, 2011 at 09:02 AM
Tragic accident. I just don't understand the pleasure of hunting. Killing poor defenseless animals in their natural habitat. I think deer are beautiful creatures. I have family members that love hunting and when they talk about how many deer they killed on their hunt and who got the biggest one, it upsets me. It takes all my willpower to keep my comments to myself!!!

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