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Man killed while hunting in Boring on Saturday

The incident was reported as a hunting accident, but a full-scale investigation is ongoing


A 19-year-old Happy Valley man shot a 19-year-old Oregon City man while the two allegedly were hunting coyotes near Boring Saturday evening. The two men were hunting on private land — a large parcel of undeveloped land with one residence reported.

Nicholas Anderson died at the scene before LifeFlight helicopter arrived for transport.

The shooter, Joseph Danna, told Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies the incident occurred during a hunting expedition on private land near Bartell Road — an area heavily forested with steep terrain — south of Highway 212 in Boring.

Deputies initially called it a hunting accident, but by Monday they were saying they were still conducting an active investigation.

“The sheriff’s office is applying its full resources to the investigation,” Sgt. Robert Wurpes said in a press release, “and (the sheriff’s office) plans to refer it to the Clackamas County district attorney’s office.”

Typically, the district attorney is involved only in criminal cases, but the DA often reviews cases that law enforcement officers submit to determine if charges are appropriate or if the state wishes to prosecute.

In this case, no charges have been filed yet because the investigation is ongoing, and everyone involved is reportedly cooperating with deputies and investigators.

The incident happened after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The victim was reported to be approximately 100 feet down a steep ravine. Initially deputies and firefighters from the Boring Fire Department requested resources for a high-angle rope rescue of the victim. Because time was a factor, a hasty rescue was conducted.