Apr 04 2014

Grundy man dies in hunting accident near South Pittsburg

Hunting Accident_jpg_475x310_q85New details in on a hunting accident that claimed the life of a Grundy County man early this morning in near South Pittsburg.

Authorities say 41-year old Stanley “Laransie” Whitman was fatally wounded in the accident by his friend and hunting partner, Monteagle Police Chief Virgil McNeese.

The pair were on a turkey hunt on property just off Irondale Road in Richard City when the accident happened.

Whitman was taken by LifeForce to Erlanger, where he was later removed from life support. Whitman leaves behindĀ 4 children and a wife. It’s unknown right now whether Chief McNeese will face any charges in connection to accident.

Marion County District Attorney Mike Taylor says he’s awaiting reports both from the Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, expected sometime next week.

As to whether McNeese is still on active duty, or on administrative leave which is common for police involved in a fatal shooting, District Attorney Taylor says that decision is up to officials with the City of Monteagle.