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IU's Knight cited for hunting accident
Associated Press

  LADYSMITH, Wis. -- A clinic is under investigation for failing to tell police about a gunshot wound after Indiana coach Bob Knight accidentally shot a friend while hunting.

Rusk County Sheriff Dean Meyer said Friday he is awaiting reports from a state conservation warden, who is looking into the actions of the Ladysmith clinic.

"I am sure we will bring it to a conclusion and find out why and make sure it doesn't happen again," Meyer said.

Thomas Mikunda, 49, of Exeland, Wis., was treated Oct. 12 at Marshfield Clinic-Ladysmith Center after being shot in the back and upper shoulder when Knight's 20-gauge shotgun accidentally discharged as he attempted to aim at a grouse, the state Department of Natural Resources said.

A game warden said Friday that Knight did not accompany Mikunda to the clinic and returned home to Indiana.

Knight did not immediately return a telephone message left at his office Friday by The Associated Press.

Under Wisconsin law, doctors must report all gunshot wounds to law enforcement agencies.

The Ladysmith clinic's medical director, Dr. Doug DeLong, said the physician who treated Mikunda was not aware that a wound from shotgun pellets needed to be reported.

Mikunda was struck by 16 pellets, the DNR said. The clinic treated him and he went home.

"Any type of gunshot wound is a serious situation. I would think they would have reported it to us and would know they have the obligation to report it," Meyer said.

Knight failed to report the accident. He also was cited for failure to report a hunting accident and for hunting without a nonresident small game license in 1999 and 1998.

The DNR said the fines for each of the three citations is $165.