The Cambria County hunter who was fatally shot in Adams on Saturday afternoon was accidentally shot and killed by another member of his hunting party, according to the Cambria County coroner.
Timothy Bruce, 42, of Ashville, Pa. outside Altoona, was shot just after 3:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:41 p.m., said Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski. The manner of death has been ruled accidental.
EBENSBURG – A Windber man pleaded guilty to a violation of the Pennsylvania Game Commission laws Thursday, the result of a hunting accident that claimed the life a friend more than a year ago.
Matthew Scott Nadolsky, 29, of the 900 block of Peaceful Valley Road, Windber, entered a plea to a charge of shooting at, or causing injury to human beings and will be sentenced in January.
Nadolsky was charged by the game commission in February, more than two months after the shooting death of Timothy E. Bruce, 42, of Ashville.
The two were in a party of about a dozen men hunting deer in the Seesetown Road area of Adams Township between Sidman and Dunlo.
Adams Township police Chief Kirk Moss, part of the initial investigation team, said Thursday the death of Bruce was an unfortunate accident and no criminal intent could be found.
“It truly was an unfortunate accident,” Moss said following the court proceeding.
The initial ruling was that there was no criminal wrongdoing, said Moss, but the game commission came up with a different finding when it took over the investigation.
Moss said the hunters were driving for deer, something usually done in a straight line, with hunters waiting to shoot as the animals move through the woods.
The line moved into a semicircle through a heavily wooded area, and when the deer appeared, Nadolsky started shooting, firing two shots at the deer with a .270-caliber rifle.
Bruce, about 180 feet from Nadolsky, was struck in the abdomen with one of the shots, according to the investigation, and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cambria County Coroner’s Office.