Hunter booked in shooting hiker - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hunter booked in shooting hiker

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 63-year-old turkey hunter has been booked in a shooting that injured a hiker.
 
Enforcement division spokesman Adam Einck says Jerry Merrill of Flatwoods was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Jail on one count of negligent injury after allegedly mistaking a hiker for a turkey Thursday morning.
 
Einck says the hiker was treated at the Red Dirt Federal Refuge for shotgun pellet wounds.
 
Negligent injury carries up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
 
It was not clear whether Merrill had an attorney.

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