NY: Hunter involved in Mattituck altercation charged by DEC
Hunter involved in Mattituck altercation charged by DEC
February 10, 2011
Two men involved in an altercation in a wooded section of Mattituck last
month now face criminal charges. The hunter, who claims he was beaten with
his own shotgun by a former police officer after he shot and killed the
manís dog, will be arraigned in Southold Justice Court on Feb. 28 on charges
of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling and for
hunting without the landownerís permission.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation filed the two charges
against Daniel Lamphere, 63, of Rensselaer, N.Y. on Wed., Feb. 9, said DEC
spokesperson Aphrodite Montalvo. He is accused of firing a weapon 461 feet
away from a house in the Farmvue neighborhood.
Neither charge involves the dogís death.
The first charge is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $200 to $1,000
and 15 days to three months in jail. Hunting without permission is a
violation carrying a fine of up to $250 and 15 days in jail.
Mr. Lamphere said he was hunting with a friend on Jan. 26 when an
unleashed German shepherd came at him. He told police he fired a single shot
from his 12-gauge shotgun in self defense, killing the dog. According to
police reports, the animalís owner, former county police officer Jon Ferris,
approached Mr. Lamphere with his handgun drawn, took away the shotgun and
reportedly struck Mr. Lamphere in the head with the stock butt. Mr. Lamphere
was taken to Peconic County Medical Center with a head wound requiring 12
staples to close, according to the criminal complaint.
Mr. Lamphere said he had permission from a neighbor to hunt in the open
area, owned by the Farmvue homeowners association.
Mr. Ferris faces a single charge of second-degree assault, a felony
carrying punishment of up to seven years in jail. He pleaded not guilty at
his arraignment and is to return to Southold Justice Court on Friday, Feb.
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