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Hunter, 36, charged after Montgomery rifle-firing incident

November 22, 2011

By Heather Yakin, RecordOnline.com

MONTGOMERY A hunter faces charges after Department of Environmental Conservation police made a routine check Saturday, according to DEC police Lt. Martin Townley.

He said DEC police checked on some hunters leaving the woods at about 4:35 p.m. off Route 52, near Fleury Road, in the Town of Montgomery.

Police said that when Brian Schutz, 36, of the hamlet of Wallkill, saw the officers as he walked beside a vacant house, he started to put down his .270 rifle, but had his finger on the trigger. The gun fired, sending a shot ricocheting off concrete toward the officers.

No one was injured, but police charged Schutz with endangerment and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

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