BOSTON TOWNSHIP, MI – On Saturday November 16th, 2019, at 5:30pm, Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputies and medical first responders were dispatched to a field near the intersection of Bell Rd and W Grand River Avenue in Boston Township on the report of an accidental shooting.
Initial reports indicated that while hunting, one man had accidentally shot another man with a muzzle loading rifle.
Upon arrival to the scene, Sheriff’s Deputies located the two men involved in this incident. The victim in this case is a 28-year-old Marcus Forn from Lowell, Michigan, and the shooter in this case is a 29-year-old Saranac man. The two men are brothers and had been hunting together.
Investigation on the scene and in follow up interviews determined this was by all accounts an accidental shooting that occurred after the men were looking for a deer that one brother had shot earlier with his muzzle loading rifle. After the two men exhausted a search for the deer which they were unable to locate, they became separated in the dense corn.
The shooter in this case was some distance away and believed he saw the deer moving and heard the deer making noise and fired again, and after firing that shot learned he had struck his brother. The suspect who shot his brother immediately called 911 for help, and the two men walked out of the field together where they were met by medical first responders.
Due to the severity of the injury, medical first responders and LIFE EMS requested Aero Med and the victim was flown to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in serious but stable condition.
Marcus Fron was hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery. The shooter is not being named at this time, as there is the potential for criminal charges stemming from this incident.
All parties are cooperative with the investigation, which is open pending blood toxicology testing and review by the Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office.
The exact cause of the shooting remains under investigation.
Assisting at the scene was the Saranac Fire Department, LIFE EMS, and Aero Med of Grand Rapids.