May 3, 2013


A Minnesota sheriff’s commander is recovering after being shot by a hunter who apparently mistook him for a wild turkey.

When Jerry Cusick, 53, was struck by a shotgun blast fired by a hunter who apparently mistook him for a wild turkey, he was understandably shocked.

Cusick was treated for a shotgun blast to the face.

He said he was scouting for wild turkeys on Tuesday morning on private land in St. Croix County, Wis., east of St. Paul, Minn., and was walking back to his vehicle when he was shot by another turkey hunter from about 30 yards away.

Cusick told MSN News in a telephone interview Friday that he counted 58 pellet holes on his body from the 3-inch shell blast.

“About 20 are in my face and head. The rest are in my throat, neck, chest, shoulder and left arm,” he said. “It’s a lot of pain in a lot of areas.”

A front tooth was shattered by the blast, and he will require surgery for a pellet that lodged near his right eye.

The man who shot Cusick, identified by authorities as Anthony Cardarelli, 27, of White Bear Lake, Minn., was an experienced hunter, said Dave Hausman, a warden supervisor with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Baldwin.

“He saw movement and mistook (Cusick) for a possible turkey. With brush and things in the way he didn’t have a clear view,” Hausman told MSN News.


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