A man faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to accidentally shooting a state wildlife officer while poaching deer.
On November 29, Alan Blanchard, 55, of Gallatin, New York was out poaching deer with a friend. A few people saw them and heard them shoot and reported them the York State Environmental Police.
Officers Davey and Lt. Eliza Bobseine were called to investigate the complaint. During their investigation, they came upon fresh tire tracks leading into a cut cornfield. While walking through the field, Davey was shot one time with a rifle in the area of his pelvis.
Alan Blanchard, and his partner, James Brown of Pine Plains, stayed on the scene and assisted with rescue efforts before Blanchard was arrested.
“We hope that this conviction will deter other irresponsible hunters — an extremely small minority — from similar criminal conduct,” Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka said. “I want to thank New York State Police Senior Investigator Bill Mulrein and give the highest praise to (Davey and Bobseine). These brave public servants work night and day to enforce the law and protect us all.”