Man Fatally Shot in Hunting Accident Near Jupiter: Officials

Clinton Haas, 34, was killed Thursday in the Bridgewater development

Saturday, Oct 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:14 PM EDT
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A man hunting near Jupiter was killed in what was ruled an accidental shooting, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Clinton Haas, 34, of Loxahatchee, was killed Thursday in the Bridgewater development, according to the newspaper. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that Hass' friend, 36-year-old Ernie Smalls, likely mistook him for a hog and then shot.

“At this point in our investigation, this appears to be a terrible hunting accident,” Capt. John Suggs, law enforcement supervisor for the FWC, was quoted as saying. “As with all hunting incidents, we will conduct a thorough investigation to find out how and why this hunting trip ended so tragically.”

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Haas' wife, Allison, she her husband was a licensed hunter and was spreading corn feed the night of the incident. The couple would soon be celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary, according to the Post.

“He was the most kind, and giving, caring person. He always went above and beyond for others,” Allison Haas was quoted as saying by the Post. “I don’t know what other words. He really wore his heart on his sleeve, he took care of so many people.”

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The hunter left behind his son and twin daughters. His wife said he coached their kids' sports teams and also had season tickets to the University of Miami football games.

“He was so looking forward to Saturday night’s game,” Allison Haas said of UM’s much anticipated game against Florida State University.

Haas’ wife said his cornea, tissues and bone marrow will be donated.

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