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OH: Hunter shot in leg

December 2, 2009

Hunter Shot In Leg In Shelby Co.

SHELBY COUNTY, Ohio -- A Versailles man was shot in the leg above the knee in a hunting accident Wednesday morning north of Sidney in Shelby County.

The incident happened in a woods about 500 yards off Thompson-Schiff Road, near the intersection of Mason Road. It was reported to 911 at 6:30 a.m.

Deputies identified the wounded hunter as Clarence Leugers, 65, of the Versailles area. Wildlife officers said a hunter from a different party shot Leugers.

Officer Timothy Rourke said the shooting happened before daylight so charges are very likely against the shooter.

Rourke said, "There is a start and stop time for a reason and this is why those need to be listened to. There can be visibility issues and people can't see their party."

Leugers was removed from the woods by paramedics from Anna Rescue and taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney where the squad met up with Careflight. He was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He was conscious and talking to EMTs.

Leugers is a retired school teacher from Versailles, and is also retired from a position at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney.

This is day three of the seven-day deer-gun hunting season in Ohio.

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