State police say they won't charge a bear hunter who shot and killed a property owner who first shot him during an argument about trespassing in rural northern Pennsylvania.
State police in Punxsutawney say the Nov. 24 shooting of Frank Shaffer, 63, of Red Lion, was justified.
Police said yesterday that Shaffer confronted five hunters on property he owns in Summerville and ordered them off his land. A short time later, he confronted three of them in another area near his property line and fired at least four shots at Paul Plyler, 23, of Summerville, with a semiautomatic rifle.
Plyler was hit in the back and the hand, police said. Plyler fired back, hitting Shaffer once in the abdomen. Summerville is about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Of course, the guy telling the State Police what happened, who fired first and what words were exchanged and all that, is the survivor.
I know this kind of thing is supposed to be so rare, but how can it be? When counting DGUs, the pro-gun folks like to point out that many of them do not result in shots fired, but what about this? What about all the incidents of abuse that result in less than mortal ends among hunters?
I guess you could say hunting is bad news for animals and hunters alike.
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