Bow hunter indicted after partner fatally shot

Pekarek's bond has been increased to $500,000

Michael Pekarek was arrested in connection with his hunting partner's death. September 12, 2016, (Deschutes County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Pekarek was arrested in connection with his hunting partner's death. September 12, 2016, (Deschutes County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A bow hunter was indicted on Thursday after deputies say he fatally shot his hunting partner with an arrow.

Michael S. Pekarek was indicted on charges of negligent homicide and second-degree manslaughter, according to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s office.

On September 12, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said Pekarek fatally shot Jeffrey L. Cummings, 45, with an arrow in the abdomen. Pekarek told authorities the two were hunting a mule deer when the incident took place.

The suspect said he saw a deer and was ready to shoot when the animal moved out of view. Pekarek allegedly turned with his bow pointed toward Cummings to tell him the deer was moving his way. That’s when deputies said Pekarek released his arrow, striking Cummings in the abdomen.

The district attorney’s office said Pekarek and Cummings were close friends who often hunted together. Pekarek didn’t intent to cause Cumming’s death, and the grand jury returned an indictment with the theory that Pekarek’s actions were reckless and/or criminally negligent.

His next hearing is scheduled for September 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Pekarek’s previous bond was set at $50,000, but it has since been increased to $500,000, officials said.

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