Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2004


The Herald-Mail ONLINE

Tuesday November 9, 2004

by DAVID DISHNEAU/Associated Press Writer

FLINTSTONE, Md. - A Virginia man was fatally shot by a hunting companion, and two other hunters survived shootings in separate accidents over the weekend, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Monday.

Stamos Courpas, 35, of Fairfax, Va., died after Charles Lepovetski of Ranson, W.Va., mistook his movements for a bird and shot him at 10 a.m. Saturday in Allegany County's Green Ridge State Forest, Cpl. Ken Turner said.

Authorities were still investigating the incident Monday, Turner said.

He said Courpas wasn't wearing fluorescent orange clothing, which isn't required by law while turkey hunting in the spring or fall. Nevertheless, wearing orange attire in the woods during hunting season is a wise safety precaution, Turner said.

Also on Saturday, Eddie C. Graham, 52, of Washington, D.C., was shot while rabbit hunting near Brice Mill Road in Charles County, Turner said. Robert Glaco, 69, of Prince George's County, mistakenly shot Graham, he said.

On Sunday, Joseph R. Medell, 63, of Pasadena, Md., was shot while quail hunting on a regulated shooting area near Cambridge, Md., in Dorchester County, Turner said. He said Medell was mistakenly shot by Charles D. Russell Jr., 60, of Chester, Md., who was charged with negligent hunting.

In another hunting accident, Daniel P. Evans, 34, of North East, Md., sustained injuries when he fell 15 feet from a tree Friday while deer hunting in Elk Neck State Park, Turner said. He said Evans wasn't using a tree stand or safety harness.

Another hunter spent two nights in the Savage River State Forest in Garrett County before he was found in good condition Sunday, Ranger Mike Gregory said. He said William Redman, 25, of Pasadena, became separated from his hunting party on Friday.

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