10/16/2007 - By Brian Dwyer
A man is shot in a hunting accident in Jefferson County and state
police say the shooter took off.
Investigators say it happened just after 6 p.m. Monday on Point
Peninsula in the Town of Lyme.
A man named Warren Bidwell was out hunting off of Pine Woods Road
when he was accidentally shot in the back by another hunter.
They say the man told Bidwell he was going to go call 911, but
Bidwell used his cell phone to call his wife. She called police.
Bidwell was taken to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown where
police say he's doing well.
Police are now trying to figure out who the other hunter is and
are hoping he comes forward.
"My experience tells me that a person involved in this type of
incident isn't the kind of person that goes out and commits crimes
on a day by day basis," New York State Police Investigator Michael
Pastuf said. "This is an unfortunate event. This individual needs to
contact us. This individual needs to sit down with us and we need to
get this behind us. There's an explanation and reason for
everything. Accidents do happen. This individual needs to know that
we can work with him to work through this problem."
Police say they hope to talk to Bidwell more in the coming days.
They do not believe there were other witnesses, but if there
were, they're asked to call the state police office in Watertown.
As of right now, police say they don't see a reason to charge
anyone with a crime.
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