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Eagan, Minn., teen sustains minor injury, shoots self in foot while hunting near Paynesville

PAYNESVILLE -- A 14-year-old Eagan teen sustained minor injuries to his foot after apparently shooting himself with a shotgun Saturday afternoon near Paynesville.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement received a report around 5:20 p.m. Saturday of a hunting accident that happened along the 26000 block of Copperfield Road in Paynesville Township.

Deputies met the teen at the Paynesville Hospital. The teen reported he'd been sitting in his deer stand when he accidentally shot himself in the foot. He'd been hunting alone and no one else was injured.

The teen possessed a firearms safety certificate and had a few years of hunting and shooting experience.

The Sheriff's Office reminds hunters to use caution when handling firearms and always leave the safety on until you intend to use the weapon.