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NY: Willsboro men charged after hunting accident

From Lois Clermont,

December 20, 2017

ELIZABETHTOWN A Willsboro resident accidentally shot another man while they were hunting illegally, State Police say.

About 5 p.m. Dec. 14, Elizabethtown Community Hospital contacted State Police to report what was said to be an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound sustained by Waite E. Denton, 27, of Willsboro.

The accident happened while he was hunting with Andrew L. Rolston, 33, police said in a news release.

"Denton initially claimed to us that he shot himself" while they were in a wooded area off Crowningshield Lane in the Town of Elizabethtown, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said Wednesday.

"A subsequent investigation revealed Denton and Rolston were illegally hunting deer when Rolston accidentally shot Denton with a 20-gauge shotgun," the release said.

"The slug entered his right bicep and exited through his right tricep before grazing his upper back."

Rolston drove Denton to Elizabethtown Community Hospital. He was later flown to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fleishman said Rolston was treated there and has been released from the hospital.


State Police charged Rolston with second-degree assault, a felony, and second-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and making a punishable false written statement, all misdemeanors.

He was arraigned in Westport Town Court, where he was released on his own recognizance.

Rolston is due in Elizabethtown Town Court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, and in Lewis Town Court at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26.

Denton was charged with making a punishable false written statement.

He was released on an appearance ticket, due back in Lewis Town Court at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26.


Deer-hunting season in the northern zone of New York state runs from Oct. 21 to Dec. 3, according to the State Department of Environmental Conservation website, so Denton and Rolston were allegedly 11 days past season.

Additional New York State Environmental Conservation Law charges are pending.

The investigation was conducted jointly with DEC Environmental Conservation Police. 

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