December 10, 2018


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says officers responded Sunday morning to reports of a hunting-related shooting incident in Barton.

According to the DEC, an investigation found that a 73-year-old man from Lockwood was shot by his hunting companion, a 53-year-old Dean Brockoff, also from Lockwood, while on private property off Miller Hollow Road. Authorities say the shooter and the victim had permission to be on the property. No further details have been released about how the shooting happened.

Investigators say the shooting happened at approximately 7 a.m.

According to the DEC, the Lockwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and the victim was transported by ambulance to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital located in Sayre where he later died.

Officials say Brockoff was arrested, at the direction of the Tioga County District Attorney, and charged with manslaughter in the second degree, a class C felony.

The DEC says Brockoff was arraigned on the charge and sent to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. Officials noted the defendant was due in court again Monday.

The DEC says it’s is coordinating closely on the investigation with the Tioga County District Attorney’s office, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.

Officials with the DEC released the following hunting safety rules:

  • Assume every gun is loaded.
  • Control the muzzle. Point your gun in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target and beyond.
  • Do not hunt deer and bear in the dark; big game hunting ends at sunset
    DEC encourages hunters to wear blaze orange or pink. Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal, or shooting in your direction. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot.For more information on these and other important hunting safety tips, visit DEC’s website.


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