Man killed at deer hunt; woman found in frozen field; death in Huntly

It was an extremely busy holiday period for the local law enforcement and other emergency responders, including rushing to a deadly hunting accident near Slate Mills, discovering a woman in a frozen field behind Willis Chapel, and investigating a suspected suicide in Huntly.

It was just two days before Christmas that a Culpeper man was shot and killed while deer hunting in Rappahannock County.

Lee Walker, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ director of agency outreach, tells the Rappahannock News that Jamie DeJuan Hill, 48, was pronounced dead on Saturday, Dec. 23, following the apparent accidental shooting that took place that same morning in the vicinity of Slate Mills Road and Grindstone Road near Boston.

Walker says his department was notified by the sheriff’s office and a fish and game officer was dispatched to the scene to investigate.

“A group of hunters were running dogs while deer hunting,” according to the officer’s preliminary report. “A deer ran in between three of the hunters and multiple shots were fired. The victim was struck by a single shot and transported to Culpeper Medical Center.”

The officer, who was notified of the shooting at 9:38 a.m., confirms in the initial report that the victim was wearing blaze orange.

“This is a preliminary report,” according to the department, saying the shooting incident remains under investigation. But speaking by phone yesterday from Richmond, Walker stressed that everything points at this time to it being “an accident.”

He then stressed the importance for hunters, before shooting, to “clearly identify your game and what is beyond.”

A funeral service for Hill, who was employed for 11 years by Lane Construction Corporation, was held this past Tuesday in Culpeper. He is survived by his fiancé, also of Culpeper, and numerous family members.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office is awaiting a medical examiner’s report before officially classifying a Dec. 29th death in Huntly as a suicide.

According to Sheriff Connie Compton, a male subject had gone outside late that night to feed his horses and never returned to his home, which is when her office was called. Deputies arrived at the scene and were able to locate the man, who was apparently deceased.

In an unrelated call that same Dec. 29 morning, authorities discovered Huntly dog breeder Sandra L. Stone lying in a frozen field near her home at 24 Black Rock Ford Rd., just behind Willis Chapel.

According to a member of the Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department, the woman “was responsive” when they arrived on the scene but she later died.

“It doesn’t take long in these temperatures,” said the fireman. Temperatures on Friday morning hovered around 13 degrees in Rappahannock County, with a wind speed of about 10 miles per hour, making the wind chill temperature even colder.

That said, it has not been determined whether Stone died of exposure or if there was some other cause of death. It is also not known how long she was lying in the field before being discovered.

Sgt. Les Tyler of the Virginia State Police, which is leading the investigation into the woman’s death, told the Rappahannock News that troopers received a call for a welfare check at approximately 9:30 that morning. Trooper B.R. Boteler was among the first on the scene “and located the woman outside her residence,” Tyler said.

The sergeant said Stone was transported to the hospital, where she died at 2:29 p.m. that afternoon.

Stone, who was believed to be in her mid-70s, was an owner and breeder of doberman pinschers, according to online listings for the dogs.

Meanwhile, numerous serious motor vehicle accidents were reported in the county over the holiday period, according to Sheriff Compton. This reporter happened on the scene of one such multi-vehicle crash on Christmas morning at Clevengers Corner, where one of the injured persons was ejected from their vehicle and flown by medevac helicopter to the hospital.

Sheriff Compton also said that her department was “out in force” over the holiday period, especially on New Year’s eve, handling any suspected cases of reckless driving or driving under the influence.

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8 Comments

  1. I did more research after reading Bob Ridley’s and Gentry’s posts below. Gentry has a good argument, asking hunters and shooters to be more cautious in the county as there are many farmers here working in their fields. And, of course, I promote the farmer as well. Bob Ridley’s hateful comment in this post “…Going to load up my AR-15 30 Round magazines & blow off about 3-400 rounds…hope you hate it…” … that got me to researching ‘Bob Ridley and Rappahannock’. I found a reply from Bob Ridley, an article in Rappnews from December 8, 2017 (rappnews.com/2017/12/08/swindler-a-perfect-choice/), where Bob Ridley says, “If it weren’t for the true, “ Old Rappahannock” , hard-working farmers who work hard day in & day out…. there would be no Rapiahannock as we know it now. Most of the non-native people who have moved to Rappahannocjk have no appreciation of this….especially those who pontificate regularily in the Rappahannock News . God Bless our farmers & farm workers.” Well Mr. Ridley, thank you for being in agreement with all of us after all!

  2. Used to hunt Eldon Farms last year under my hunt club. It was quiet and safe. Our hunt club lost one of the leases for this past season and sounds like it’s a cluster now. Damn shame.

  3. Gentry: Thank you for your concern regarding local farmers and military veterans, I can see how this is very disturbing to those heroes who fight for our freedom and who feed us.
    Mike and GirlWithHerGuns: Thanks for being responsible gun owners. So sorry that Bob Ridley is the 1 percent who give you a bad name.
    Bob Ridley: You definitely have an anger management problem and live off assumptions. Nothing from Gentry’s post says where he’s from. He’s merely asking to be more considerate and responsible when shooting. Those veterans earned you your freedom to be able to have a free country to sight in your guns, and the next time your gorging yourself on cheeseburgers and fries, thank a farmer… and as for you telling people to ‘go back where they came from’, maybe you need to crawl back under that rock up in the hills wherever you came from!

  4. Hey Gentry …. if you can’t deal with the shooting & hunting going on here in Rappahannock…get in your Prius or Smart Car…& drive your fancy ass back down to Fairfax or DC or wherever you came from. We are going to keep shooting as much & often as we damn well please ! ….& take your friends & family with you.
    Going to load up my AR-15 30 Round magazines & blow off about 3-400 rounds…hope you hate it.

    • I’m a competition shooter and hunter who lives in Rappahannock. I’m all for responsible shooting and hunting. It’s the irresponsible gun owners and reckless hunters that give the rest of us a bad name. Your comments serve no purpose but to antagonize. If you can’t calmly consider, discuss, or even tolerate someone who expresses a very reasonable concern about landowner safety during hunting season, then dude…you’ve got serious insecurities and should get some therapy for anger management. What happened? Did your mama pull you off the teet too soon?

      • I agree. I shoot mostly for fun but if you can’t be safe and responsible with your firearm you don’t deserve to have it. Rambling on about your AR and blowing off 400 rounds only makes you seem incompetent and irresponsible.

  5. I was visiting friends who live on Slate Mills when deer/rifle season opened. They were trying to give me a tour of their farm, when someone began squeezing off rounds as fast as they could pull the trigger, over at the Eldon Farms hunt club, which borders my friends’ land, sounded like the shooter was directly behind us. That’s when they told me they had already removed 2 small deer from their pastures which had bled out from hunters’ bad shots. My friends said they are scared to work in their fields now during hunting season when Eldon Farms lets the hunters come in. On Christmas Eve, I visited them again, only to see my friend hauling away a 3rd small deer from his pasture, due to a bad shot by a hunter, and the deer bled out in his pasture just beside Eldon Farms hunt club. All 3 deer he said came from around that pasture which borders Eldon Farms. I was also told that there are several disabled veterans around this hunt club, and one being a Viet-Nam veteran, and they have expressed their concern about all the gun shots in the area, which adds to their anxiety and ‘shell shock’. I’m sure if someone wanted to put this deer hunting club next to Little Washington or up along 211 where the tourists are, the answer would be ‘no!’. But my friends on the other end of the county are citizens also, and some who have been around there a long long time, and who have put their lives on the line for this country, and do not need to live in fear of being accidently shot when riding their tractor or feeding their cows. Farming is a year-round job, and if the county wants to promote agriculture, then help the farmers here by asking Eldon Farms to do something else than allow hunters to disrupt quality of life for others who enjoy, and have earned peace and quiet. Thank you for reading and thinking about this, because I saw the stress in my friend’s face when the shots rang out so close to him that day.

  6. “everything points at this time to it being “an accident.” At some point, a gun “accident” is not an accident. It is carelessness. Anyone pulling a trigger is legally responsible for knowing what he is shooting at, and what is behind that target. When I was 11 years old, a friend of mine had killed an 8 point buck, and was leaning over it, dressing it out, when some fool, shot him in the back of the head because “I saw movement, and shot at it”. That, my friends, is criminal.

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