A man shot Wednesday in a late-season hunting accident is in a local hospital.
With two days left in the late cow elk season, Dustin Alan Turnquist, 26, of Denver was shot in the arm when a loaded rifle discharged while Turnquist was riding in a vehicle.
Turnquist was hunting on the Godiva Rim north of Maybell. He was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig where he was in stable condition this morning.
Turnquist and Michael Allen Brown, 32, of Estes Park, Colo., were elk hunting at the time of the accident. Brown was driving the vehicle when his loaded .30-06-caliber rifle discharged, sending a bullet through Turnquist's lower arm, through his elbow and out his upper arm. The firearm was muzzle-up in the vehicle.
According to Moffat County Sheriff's Department Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg, the wound was serious.
"His elbow was pretty much in pieces," said Hoberg.
According to the Sheriff's Department investigation, the two men were driving down a dirt road when the vehicle hit a bump and the rifle fired.
After the accident the two men drove to Maybell Store where they were met by Moffat County Sheriff's deputies Todd Reece, Adrian Bevel and Clyde Anderson. The deputies administered first aid and the man was then picked up by an ambulance and transported to The Memorial Hospital (TMH).
According to Hoberg, Brown may be charged with carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.