Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?

Man mistaken for a deer shot dead by neighbor near Chatham

December 30, 2011

By Scott Leamon, WSLS.com

Chatham hunting victim remembered

Virginia Conservation Police say they've identified the shooter as Harry Hale, 62, of Pittsylvania County.

Investigators have also identified the victim as Richie Pope, 57, of Pittsylvania County.

Virginia Conservation Police are investigating a deadly hunting accident in Pittsylvania County.

Conservation police lieutenant Karl Martin said a man was walking along a road near his home around 5:15 Thursday night when his neighbor shot him with a high powered rifle.

The victim died two hours later a Danville hospital, Martin said.

Martin said the shooting has been ruled accidental.

He said the 62-year-old shooter mistook his neighbor for a deer.

Martin declined to release the identity of the 57-year-old victim.

Martin said the victim was shot from a distance of 72 yards.

He said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be involved in the accident.

Martin said the case will be presented to a Pittsylvania County grand jury this February for possible charges against the man who shot his neighbor.

Return to Hunting Accident Index

Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


Home  |  About  |  Campaigns  |  Crisis Center  |  Activists  |  Media  |  Hunting Accidents  |  Newsletter

P.O. Box 13815, Las Cruces, NM 88013
Phone: 575-640-7372
E-mail: [email protected] 
Joe Miele - President


C.A.S.H. is a committee of Wildlife Watch, Inc.
a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Corporation.
Contributions are tax-deductible.

All content copyright C.A.S.H. unless otherwise noted.

We welcome your comments

Thank you for visiting all-creatures.org

Sponsored & Maintained by The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation