SYRACUSE, N.Y. A state Department of Environmental Conservation
officer who was involved in an off-duty shooting accident won't be able
to hunt for two years.
After a hearing, the state revoked the hunting license of 55-year-old
Dieter Kraemer of Ovid. The D-E-C said it was determined there was
negligence on Kraemer's part because he fired in an unsafe direction.
The ruling doesn't affect his employment.
Kraemer and an acquaintance, Roy Evans, were hunting water fowl last
November on a friend's property in Fayette when a pellet from Kraemer's
gun struck Evans in the head.
Evans told the Finger Lakes Times this week that he still has the
steel pellet in his head, but it doesn't bother him. He says he's happy
with the outcome of the D-E-C hearing.
Evans told the paper that Kraemer was on the other side of a pond and
shot at a goose. He said a shot ricocheted off the water and struck him
in the temple.
The pellet will stay there because doctors say removal could damage a
muscle that controls jaw movement.
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