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WI - Man subscribes to Dick Cheney

 By AL DUNN - GM Today Staff - January 5, 2007

A 65-year-old New Berlin man knows how Vice President Dick Cheney must have felt after accidentally peppering his wife with shotgun pellets during a hunting excursion at a town of Wayne game farm during the Christmas holidays.

According to a Washington County Sheriff’s Department report, the man, his 62-year-old wife and another companion were hunting pheasants at the Oakwood Kennel and Game Farm in the town of Wayne on Dec. 23 when the incident occurred.

The man was about 20 yards away from his wife when a pheasant was flushed in his line of fire. He raised his shotgun and fired, downing the bird, the report stated. His wife, who was standing near a rock ledge, said she was hit, too, getting struck with pellets in her cheek and her left leg. The pellet penetrated her cheek, according to the report, but one did not penetrate her leg, although there was some bruising where the pellet hit.

The man wanted to immediately take his wife to the hospital, but she insisted that she wasn’t hurt that badly, that they should stop for lunch first.

They did, and then went to a hospital in Menomonee Falls. They sat for over two hours without being seen, according to the report, so they left and went to Elmbrook Hospital. Because it was a shooting incident, and following protocol, according to the report, hospital officials notified authorities.

The man subsequently told investigators he and his wife were both wearing blaze orange hunting gear and he did not see any orange in his sight-line when he fired. He theorized the pellets may have ricocheted off the stone wall his wife was standing near.

The man was told to file a report with the state Department of Resources.
The wife was treated for the minor wounds and released from the hospital, according to the report.

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