Hunting accidentkills 14-year-old

AITKIN, Minn. — A 14-year-old boy from Buffalo died in a hunting accident in Aitkin County, authorities said Sunday.

Brandon Mitchell Lanie was hunting with a group just north of Mille Lacs Lake just before 5 p.m. Saturday when he was shot in the head by another hunter, the sheriff’s office said. He died at the scene.

Sheriff Scott Turner said it’s believed Lanie was mistaken for a deer. He was wearing a blaze orange jacket, blaze orange pants and a camouflage hat.

Sunset in the area on Saturday would have been about 4:39 p.m. with twilight lasting until about 5:12 p.m., according to a U.S. Naval Observatory calculator.

A 45-year-old Maplewood man was arrested at the scene and was being held on suspicion of second-degree manslaughter.

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