Mass. Trooper Mistakes Dogs for Deer; Shoots Woman Walking Retrievers

 
on January 02 2012 5:12 PM

An off-duty state trooper hunting in Massachusetts thought he saw deer. He fired, hitting and wounding a 66-year-old woman who was out walking her dogs instead. He thought the dogs were deer, but in fact they were two retrievers out for a walk with their owner, the woman who was shot and injured.

The accident occurred in southeast Massachusetts at about 5 p.m. on Saturday. 

According to The Associated Press, the off-duty trooper called 911 once he realized the dogs weren't deer and that he had shot the woman. She was hit in the torso while walking her dogs along a wooded path, the news agency reported.

The woman, unidentified, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. No further information on her condition was available. She is a resident of Norton, Mass., as does the trooper.

The state trooper's name was not released by law enforcement since the shooting was deemed an accident. He faces no charges for the shooting.

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