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Hunting accident result of neglect, say police

By: Tyler Murphy, Sun Staff Writer

Published on: Thursday, May 31, 2007

SMYRNA – Police have concluded an investigation into a hunting accident that occurred earlier this month and have arrested a man for accidentally shooting another hunter.

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Randy L. Wilcox Sr., 47, Smyrna, for 2nd degree reckless endangerment ( a class A misdemeanor).

Police claim Wilcox recklessly created a substantial risk of serious physical injury by reasons of neglect or incompetence.

Wilcox was out turkey hunting with two juveniles at around 6 a.m., May 25. Allegedly he fired his gun indiscreetly and shot a 17-year-old male, not in his party, in the shoulder and face. The youth was taken to the Chenango Memorial Hospital by family members and had pellets removed from his face, head, shoulder and right arm. He was treated and released soon after.

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