CRIME
05/09/2014 12:11 pm ET | Updated May 09, 2014

Farmer Shoots And Kills Woman He Mistook For Groundhog: Police

An Ohio woman died after a Sugar Creek Township farmer accidentally shot her.

Police said that field hand Natasha Stover, 22, was shooting targets with a pellet gun in tall grass on Monday when her boss, 79-year-old Ralph Adams Jr., thought she was a groundhog and opened fire with his rifle.

The bullet struck the young woman in the head from about 165 feet away. She was taken to a hospital where she died Tuesday.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office has handed over the investigation to the prosecutor's office. Sheriff George Maier told WKYC that the shooting appears to be an accident, although the investigation is ongoing.

No charges have been filed.

Friends remember Stover as a kind young woman who loved animals and going to the library, WKYC reports.

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