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Fishing trip in Colusa County ends in wounding, death

A man apparently killed himself after he allegedly shot a recent acquaintance when a fishing trip to a Colusa County lake went bad.

The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to the East Park Reservoir near Stonyford where Christopher M. Smith, 41, of Fenton, Mo., had suffered a gunshot wound. Smith was flown to the hospital for treatment.

Along the shore at the reservoir, they found the body of Robert G. Pearson, 51, of Stonyford. He was pronounced dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Smith had come in contact with Pearson before the Tuesday trip to the lake. Smith had asked for advice on where to fish.

Smith, his family and Pearson then traveled to East Park Reservoir to fish together. While there, a member of Smith’s family walked near where Pearson was fishing.

Pearson became irritated for unknown reasons and pointed a .22-caliber rifle at the Smith family member, according to deputies.

The family member retreated to camp. Smith drove back to near where Pearson was fishing to retrieve family fishing gear that had been left behind.

At that time, according to a sheriff’s press release, Pearson raised his rifle to his shoulder and fired. The round struck the top edge of Smith’s car door, shattering the window and striking him in the hand and chest.

Pearson then shot himself, according to the press release.

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