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NY: Man shot in hunting accident; shooter takes off

10/16/2007 - By Brian Dwyer

A man is shot in a hunting accident in Jefferson County and state police say the shooter took off.

Investigators say it happened just after 6 p.m. Monday on Point Peninsula in the Town of Lyme.

A man named Warren Bidwell was out hunting off of Pine Woods Road when he was accidentally shot in the back by another hunter.

They say the man told Bidwell he was going to go call 911, but never returned.

Bidwell used his cell phone to call his wife. She called police.

Bidwell was taken to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown where police say he's doing well.

Police are now trying to figure out who the other hunter is and are hoping he comes forward.

"My experience tells me that a person involved in this type of incident isn't the kind of person that goes out and commits crimes on a day by day basis," New York State Police Investigator Michael Pastuf said. "This is an unfortunate event. This individual needs to contact us. This individual needs to sit down with us and we need to get this behind us. There's an explanation and reason for everything. Accidents do happen. This individual needs to know that we can work with him to work through this problem."

Police say they hope to talk to Bidwell more in the coming days.

They do not believe there were other witnesses, but if there were, they're asked to call the state police office in Watertown.

As of right now, police say they don't see a reason to charge anyone with a crime.

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