MA: Man denies charge in Chesterfield hunting accident
March 30, 2010
Man denies charge in Chesterfield hunting accident
NORTHAMPTON - A Southwick man Monday denied charges related to an
accidental hunting-related shooting in Chesterfield in December.
Joseph A. Walz, 39, pleaded innocent in Northampton District Court to a
charge of causing a personal injury with a hunting weapon. The man he
allegedly shot, Gerard Landry, 57, was not seriously hurt.
Judge Richard Carey released Walz on his own recognizance but ordered him
not to possess any firearms.
Walz told investigators he mistook another man for a deer while hunting
Dec. 1, 2009, in the Berkshire Park Campground, according to a police report
included in court files.
Landry was struck in the left shoulder by a buckshot round fired from
Walz's Browning semiautomatic shotgun, the police report states. The two men
were standing about 20 yards apart, separated by a hemlock tree and some
underbrush, the report states.
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