MN: Sheriff's officer shot by turkey hunter: 'You didn't expect it was coming'
May 3, 2013
A Minnesota sheriff's commander is recovering after being shot by
a hunter who apparently mistook him for a wild turkey.
Jerry Cusick, 53, was struck by a shotgun blast fired by a
hunter who apparently mistook him for a wild turkey, he was
Cusick was treated for a shotgun
blast to the face.
He said he was scouting for wild turkeys
on Tuesday morning on private land in St. Croix County, Wis., east
of St. Paul, Minn., and was walking back to his vehicle when he was
shot by another turkey hunter from about 30 yards away.
Cusick told MSN News in a telephone interview Friday that he counted
58 pellet holes on his body from the 3-inch shell blast.
"About 20 are in my face and head. The rest are in my throat, neck,
chest, shoulder and left arm," he said. "It's a lot of pain in a lot
A front tooth was shattered by the blast, and he
will require surgery for a pellet that lodged near his right eye.
The man who shot Cusick, identified by authorities as Anthony
Cardarelli, 27, of White Bear Lake, Minn., was an experienced
hunter, said Dave Hausman, a warden supervisor with the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources in Baldwin.
"He saw movement
and mistook (Cusick) for a possible turkey. With brush and things in
the way he didn't have a clear view," Hausman told MSN News.
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