Family speaks out about deadly hunting accident

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 10:51 AM EST
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UPDATE 12/6/21 @ 6:08 p.m.

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – David Green’s wife Brittany Green is heartbroken after learning of her husband’s death on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

“Davey loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, digging roots, and being with his dad,” said Brittany in a statement to WSAZ. “He had many cats and dogs and loved them all. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed help.”

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Green had been picking roots along Preston Branch Road in Boone County, wearing a black shirt at the time. That is when West Virginia Natural Resource Police said Jimmy Castle shot and killed Green when he mistakenly thought he was a bear.

Investigators said Castle went to look with an acquaintance after realizing what he though was a bear could have been a person. They went back to the area but decided not to look further because the terrain was too steep. Castle said in a voluntary statement to police, he did not see anyone fall. Police say Green and Castle were not related.

David and his wife Brittany were high school sweethearts. Brittany said his helping spirit and contagious smile are what he’ll be remembered for the most.

“Davey was a loving husband, son and grandson. We were high school sweethearts and married for seven years,” said Brittany Green. “He had a contagious smile, and he was the light of our lives. We are so heartbroken.”

Bruce Braisden lives down the road from where Green was killed. He said he has known Castle his whole life.

“If the boy was bent down on all fours looking at a root, he had a black shirt on, you might think that would be a black bear, but Jimmy should not have fired until he knew exactly what he was shooting at,” Braisden. said

He said bears in the area are very common.

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BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A man is facing charges after a deadly hunting incident.

According to a voluntary statement given to law enforcement, Jimmy Castle, of Bim, West Virginia, was hunting on Preston Branch Road when he shot at what he believed to be a bear.

The criminal complaint states Castle left the area to find help after realizing what he thought was a bear could be a person.

When Castle returned with help, they told law enforcement they scanned the area and believed the item found near where Castle fired shots was a trash bag.

According to the voluntary statement, Castle did not walk to the extra spot due to the steep terrain.

Officials say David Nicholas Green was shot and killed.

Jimmy Castle, of Bim, West Virginia is facing negligent shooting involving bodily injury or death and failure to render aid.

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