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Fire Chief Killed In Hunting Accident

December 7, 2011

By Allison Jagow, WGRZ.com

Hunter Identified in Fatal Hunting Accident

STOCKTON, NY - The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office continues to search for answers in the death of a hunter in the Town of Stockton.

Jeffrey Roberts, 33, was the Town of Sheridan Volunteer Fire Chief. He has held the position for two years.

The Sheriff says Roberts was hunting Saturday afternoon with his father and a friend in a wooded area behind the rest stop on Route 60 in the Town of Stockton. Friends say they were hunting on the Roberts family property.

An autopsy showed Roberts died of a single gunshot wound to the chest and that the bullet did not come from his own gun.

Sheriff Joseph Gerace told Channel 2 News, "we did recover a projectile, it is being sent to a lab for ballistic analysis."

If anyone has information, or was hunting in the area around that time, the Sheriff's office asks that you call Lt. John Crossley at 753-4909.

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