ENCON condemns hunter who allegedly shot officer

December 01, 2016 04:35 PM

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is condemning the acts of a Columbia County man, accused of shooting an ENCON officer.

Officer James Davey was shot Tuesday evening while checking out reports of possible illegal hunting in Gallatin.

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State police say Davey was walking in a corn field when he was hit by a round from a high-powered rifle, fired by 54-year-old Alan Blanchard.

ENCON authorities on Thursday called it a criminal act.

"The person who did this was not hunting. This was not a hunter. This was somebody who was poaching. Hunters do not shoot in the dark. Hunters do not aim wildly when they can't see what they're shooting and they certainly don't shoot at our ECOs," declared Basil Seggos, the DEC Commissioner.

Officer Davey is currently listed in stable condition.

DEC reminds all hunters to use caution.

Since deer season opened last month, four hunters have died, three others have been wounded.


WNYT Staff

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