Byhalia man killed in hunting accident

KEOWNVILLE – A Byhalia man was killed in a hunting accident Monday in Union County.

Tracy Murphree, 32, of Old Byhalia Road was hunting with a friend in the Keownville community northeast of New Albany when his friend apparently mistook him for a deer and shot him, according to Coroner Mark Golding. Murphree was pronounced dead on the scene.

Golding said the shooter's name is not being released at this time. He said the shooting appears to be accidental, and no charges have been filed.

The case is also under investigation by the Union County Sheriff's Office and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks.