A Greenback man died early Thursday morning after he was accidentally shot in the head by a crossbow during a deer hunting trip in Loudon County on Wednesday, authorities said.
William Nathan Norris, 37, from Greenback at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said.
Norris and an unnamed partner were deer hunting on private property off South Highway 411 in Greenback when the incident occurred, the TWRA said. Greenback is south of Lenoir City.
Officers said that Norris had crossed a fence ahead of his hunting partner when a crossbow was discharged, resulting in serious head injuries.
“Earlier reports were that the injured hunter was carrying the crossbow,” the TWRA said in a press release. “However, officers have now learned that his hunting partner was apparently carrying the bow.”
The incident remains under investigation by the TWRA and the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.