SAVANNA, Ill. — A Savanna man and his dog are dead today after being shot by a hunter at Mississippi Palisades State Park during the weekend.

Charles D. Pittman, 79, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting that happened as he was walking his dog in the park, according to a release issued by Illinois Conservation Police.

The accident occurred within the state park boundary near the intersection of Scenic Ridge Road and Dean Road. Police were called to the park at 7:34 a.m. Saturday after a 911 call was received at the Savanna 911 center.

According to police, Pittman parked his vehicle near a park service road located at the intersection and was walking in a part of the park closed to non-hunters due to the ongoing firearm deer season, which began Friday.

Police said Miles G. Floit, 51, of Rochelle, Ill., was shooting at a deer when he accidentally shot and killed Pittman and the dog. Floit is registered to hunt at the park.

Savanna ambulance workers, Savanna police, Carroll County sheriff’s deputies and the Illinois Conservation Police were called to the scene; Pittman was pronounced dead by the Carroll County coroner.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Conservation Police and the Illinois State Police.

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