Police believe that a teenager accidentally shot and killed his hunting instructor during a guided excursion Oct. 10 on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The instructor, 75-year-old Marvin Bowen Coppage, was leading a group on a pheasant and chukar hunt in Queen Anne's County, Maryland, WJLA reports.
Authorities said that Coppage and his dog were trying to flush a bird hiding in the brush when a shotgun blast struck and killed him, according to investigators with the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Queen Anne's County first responders arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene just before 5 p.m. that day.
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Coppage's body was transported to the chief medical examiner's office in Baltimore, where they will perform an autopsy.
Officials have stated that they believe the shooting to be an accident, reports the Washington Post. They did not name the shooter but said that he is a 14-year-old boy who was one of Coppage's clients at the time.
At the time of his death, Coppage was an employee for Schrader's Outdoors Ltd., a business in Henderson, Maryland.
Coppage worked in the fertilizer business and retired in 2003, but he continued to work for the store as a hunting instructor, according to his obituary on FHN Funeral Home's website.
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"He will always be remembered for his kind hearted manner and his infectious smile," the obituary reads.
Coppage was part of a tight knit group at Schrader's Outdoors, where many of his family works and are devastated by his sudden death, the Emory Creek Processing Facebook page reads.
"We take some comfort in knowing that he died doing something he was passionate about, teaching the sport to a new generation, that he did not suffer, and that his faithful bird dog Ellie was by his side and stayed with him," Coppage's daughter and son-in-law wrote on the page.
"We ask for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for our family," they added. "Please also keep close to your hearts and prayers, the other young men who were involved, and their families, as well as everyone at Schrader's Outdoors."