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A Sabattus man was shot during a Saturday morning hunting trip in Topsham when his girlfriend slipped on ice and her shotgun went off, authorities said.

Joshua Stark, 25, was shot in the hip off of Cathance Road in Topsham around 7:30 a.m. and taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, about 30 miles south, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service. He is expected to survive the injury.

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Stark went hunting Saturday morning with two other men in their mid-20s and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Sasha Leslie, also of Sabattus, MacDonald said.

Leslie was walking behind Stark as the hunting party cut a path beneath a power line when she slipped and fell on some ice, causing her shotgun to fire and strike her boyfriend in the hip, according to the corporal. Much of coastal and interior Maine was hit Friday with the state’s first major snowstorm.

Game wardens are investigating, MacDonald said.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.