Deputies were dispatched to the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station in California Hot Springs at about 7:40 a.m. When they arrived, Burns was being treated by emergency personnel, but succumbed to his wound.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, Burns was walking a short distance in front of some of the other hunters in the group, and had walked behind a bush when one of the hunters fired the fatal shot.
Burns was struck in the torso. Members of the group administered first aid and CPR at the scene before taking Burns to the Ranger Station by private vehicle.
The case is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department’s Violent Crimes Unit and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Paul Gezzer or Sgt. Steve Kennedy