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Two arrested in slaying of Hoquiam hunter

— Two local men have been arrested in connection with the September shooting death of Hoquiam hunter Michael R. Carrigan.

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John W. Jennings

Adam Shaun Jennings, 27, and John Wayne Jennings, 57, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree murder, Undersheriff Joe Somday said.

Adam Jennings also was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm, Somday said. His father was arrested on suspicion of delivery of a firearm to an ineligible person.

Both live on Pontiac Ridge Road about six miles from Chesaw.

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Adam S. Jennings

They were booked into the county jail.

Carrigan, 52, died Sept. 2 during a hunting trip. His hunting partner, Gig Harbor resident George R. Stover, 65, told deputies they had been hunting grouse and Carrigan got out of the vehicle to shoot at a grouse.

Stover heard a shot and saw Carrigan with blood on him and then saw him fall to the ground, Sheriff Frank Rogers said.

An autopsy determined he died of a gunshot wound to the back.

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, law enforcement officers were still on the scene executing a search warrant on the Jennings property and home, Somday said.

Due to the ongoing investigation, the Sheriff's Office is withholding further information.

Carrigan’s death was the fifth homicide in the county in 2013.

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