LA PINE, Ore. — Authorities say a 52-year-old bow hunter from Tillamook has been arrested on a criminal negligent homicide charge after fatally shooting his hunting partner south of Bend.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Michael Pekarek called 911 Monday morning saying he had shot 45-year-old Jeffrey Cummings of Wood Village while bow hunting.

Investigators say Pekarek saw a mule deer from their truck Monday and got out with his bow to attempt a shot at it.

When the deer moved out of view, authorities say Pekarek turned with his bow pointed toward Cummings to tell him the deer was moving toward him when the he released the arrow.

Cummings was struck in the abdomen.

Authorities say Cummings died at the scene.

Pekarek’s bail was set at $50,000.

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