NY: Hunter arrested after he shoots another hunter
November 26, 2009
Hunter accidentally shoots, saves fellow hunter: cops
LUMBERLAND — A Long Island hunter has been arrested after he accidentally
shot and seriously wounded another hunter in Sullivan County on Tuesday,
Robert Robar, 52, of Valley Stream, was charged with recklessness
endangerment, a felony.
The wounded hunter, Terry Pelton, 50, of Sparrowbush, was stabilized at
Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis and then flown to Westchester Medical
Center in Valhalla, where he underwent emergency surgery, state police
Senior Investigator Mike Orrego said. Pelton remained in critical condition
Robar and Pelton were hunting separately on private land around 10 a.m.
in a rocky, forested area off Rio Dam Road in the Town of Lumberland. Robar
apparently saw movement in the trees about 350 feet away, and fired a shot
from his .30-06 rifle without verifying the target. The bullet hit Pelton in
the buttock area and exited through his pelvis, Orrego said.
Pelton was wearing camouflage. He had no orange markings on him.
Robar immediately went to Pelton's aid. He marked his trail out of the
woods to a camp about three-quarters of a mile away, and drove an ATV up and
put Pelton on it. He got back to the camp and loaded Pelton in a car,
driving him to Bon Secours, Orrego said. Robar told police of his
If indicted and convicted of the felony, Robar could face anywhere from
probation to seven years in prison. District Attorney Steve Lungen
emphasized that while authorities have a reasonably clear picture of events,
the case was still under investigation. They had yet to interview Pelton.
"We have to get some medical information on this thing before we decide
what to do," Lungen said.
Orrego said the charge stemmed from Robar's "depraved indifference for
human life" in firing the shot, but that Robar probably did save Pelton
after he shot him.
Robar was arraigned in Lumberland and sent to Sullivan County Jail on
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