A Lower Chanceford Township man died Wednesday after the tree stand he was hunting from malfunctioned, causing him to fall to the ground, officials said.

Robert Shaull, 70, of Frosty Hill Road, was pronounced dead at 8:51 p.m. in York Hospital, the York County Coroner's Office said.

The tree stand was located on Shaull's property and was about 20 feet off the ground, according to the coroner's office, who said Shaull was hunting deer with a bow and arrow.

Shaull left his home at 5:30 p.m. to hunt, and the accident is believed to have happened about 6 or 6:30 p.m., according to state police.

His family went looking for him about an hour after that, troopers said.

Shaull was found lying facedown on the ground, the coroner's office said. The stand's platform also was on the ground.

Part of the stand was still in the tree, as was Shaull's bow, officials said.

According to police, the stand was attached to a tree by two ratchet straps. It appears one of those straps broke, causing the malfunction, police said.

Shaull died of multiple injuries, said Deputy Coroner Steve Cosey, who has ruled the death an accident. No autopsy is planned, he said.



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