Hunter Timothy Bolognan Kills Self After Accidentally Shooting Friend Benjamin Birch

| by Michael Allen

A Vermont hunter, Timothy Bolognan, who accidentally shot and killed his friend, Benjamin Birch, was so devastated that he turned his rifle on himself, say police.

Birch, Bolognani and Mark Colford were hunting near Readsboro, Vermont, on Saturday afternoon when Birch shot a deer. The wounded animal managed to escape, and the men began tracking the deer through the woods.

Bolognani fired at what he thought was the deer, but instead heard Birch scream in pain. Bolognani and Colford ran to discover their friend bleeding on the ground, where he died. Overwhelmed with grief, Bolognani then committed suicide with his own rifle, police believe.

(Benjamin Birch and Timothy Bolognani)

On Saturday, troopers from the Shaftsbury and Brattleboro, Vermont went to the scene one mile west of Howe Pond Road in Readsboro, where they found two men dead from gunshot wounds.

Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy, but police said they do not suspect any foul play in the incident.