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Rusk County Hunter Shot

   An East Texas man is glad to be alive, after falling asleep on his deer stand and being shot by another hunter.

   22 year old Keith Vanliew was hunting with a friend, on the same lease he's hunted for six years in Rusk County.  He'd fallen asleep on a 30 foot deer stand with his rifle under his arm. Another hunter was angry about someone else hunting in the same area, and told investigators he shouted at Vanliew several times before taking a shot at him. 

  Unbelievably, Vanliew's rifle saved his life, taking on the brunt of the shot. The suspect is in custody, not charged with anything.  But sheriffs say at the least, he will face deadly conduct charges and possibly attempted murder.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

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