WV: Mineral man indicted in fatal hunting accident



A Burlington man who reportedly admitted to shooting another man while they were both turkey hunting on a farm on Upper Patterson Creek Road in April was indicted Tuesday by a Mineral County grand jury.

David William Haggerty, 68, of Burlington, was indicted on two felony counts of wanton endangerment and misdemeanor charges of negligent shooting, unlawful methods of hunting and interference with hunters in connection with the April 30 death of Colton Jon Shoemaker, 28, of Keyser, according to the Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

According to court documents, the incident happened about 6:30 a.m. when Shoemaker was hunting with his girlfriend, Cody Jose.

Shoemaker and Jose reportedly set out decoys when “they heard twiggs break behind them and saw a hunter sit down by a tree,” according to the court papers.

Shortly after, Shoemaker and Jose heard turkeys above their location, so they turned to face uphill.

As they waited to see what the turkeys were doing, the gunshot that hit Shoemaker was fired with a .243 rifle, according to the documents.

Jose, Haggerty and landowner Carl Rexrode loaded Shoemaker into a truck and drove him to meet first responders.

According to the documents, Haggerty admitted to mistakenly shooting Shoemaker, thinking he was shooting a turkey.


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