The hunter whose death in Okanogan County is being investigated as a homicide has been identified as Michael R. Carrigan, 52, of Hoquiam.
Okanogan County Sheriff Frank T. Rogers said Carrigan was shot about 7 p.m. Monday while grouse hunting with a companion in the remote Pontiac Ridge area northeast of Tonasket.
Carrigan’s companion, George R. Stover, 65, also of of Hoquiam, told investigators that Carrigan got out of their vehicle when he spotted a grouse in a tree. He said Carrigan fired twice at the bird, and after the second shot, Stover heard another shot coming from a different direction.
Stover then saw Carrigan, with blood on his clothing, fall to the ground. Stover took him to a nearby residence, but he was died there.
Members of the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Border Patrol arrived Monday night and are investigating.
Rogers said two occupants of a nearby home have been interviewed and several items were collected from the residence. Although no arrests have been made, Rogers said law-enforcement officers do have a person of interest who may be connected with the shooting.