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Two dead in Vermont hunting accident

Two hunters from Bennington County, Vt., are dead after an apparent accidental shooting-suicide Saturday afternoon.

Vermont State Police say they were called to a location off of Howe Pond Road just after noon for a call of two men with gunshot wounds.

Upon arrival, troopers found the men, Benjamin Birch, 39, and Timothy Bolgnani, 49, both of Readsboro, dead.

Detectives learned from a friend who was hunting with the pair that earlier in the day Birch shot a deer that continued to run.

As the three tracked the deer into the woods, Bolognani fired a shot and accidentally hit Birch, killing him. According to police, Bolognani then took his own life.

Autopsies are being conducted on both men. Police say no foul play is suspected.