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Dying Too Young: Austin Haley

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 10:45 am •  Published: March 25, 2009

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Name: Austin Haley

Age: 5

Place of residence: Noble

Died: Aug. 3, 2007

What happened: Two Noble police officers were trying to shoot a snake in a birdhouse. Austin was fishing nearby with his grandfather. A stray bullet struck Austin in the head.

Other: The parents, Jack and Renee Haley, said they are learning how to cope and forgive. “It's still very hard, but we just live day by day,” said Jack Haley.

The former officers were put on probation for second-degree manslaughter. They also were required to do community service and give up their police certificates while on probation.

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