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TROOPER SHOOTS HUNTING PARTNER

Off-Duty Incident Called An Accident

December 21, 2004

By TRACY GORDON FOX, Courant Staff Writer

POMFRET -- An off-duty state trooper accidentally shot his friend with a black powder rifle as they were hunting for deer Monday afternoon, seriously injuring the man, state police and Department of Environmental Protection officials said.

The shooting involving Trooper Jason Deojay is being investigated by the DEP because it was a hunting accident, police said. His friend, who police have not identified, was shot in the jaw, police said.

The injured hunter was initially taken to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, but was transferred by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital for further treatment. He was listed in serious condition.

Deojay is assigned to the Danielson barracks, and has been a state trooper almost three years.

The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. in a wooded area near the intersection of Peterson and Angel roads in Pomfret, police said.

The state police major crime squad will assist in the investigation, said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

"They will do the scene," Vance said. "It was an accident, an off-duty incident."

Today is the last day when hunting with a black powder, muzzle-loading gun is permitted, said Matt Fritz, a DEP spokesman.

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