Hunter Arrested For Shooting Neighbor

Sweden, NY -- A hunter who accidently shot and wounded a neighbor in the Town of Sweden has been arrested on a second-degree assault charge. 

The Sheriff's Office says Brett Blackburn, 42, shot Robert Williams while hunting for coyotes around 6:30 Sunday night. Blackburn was hunting with his son on his property at 6142 Lake Road when deputies say he thought he saw the eyes of a coyote and fired his rifle. The shot struck Williams in the abdomen. Blackburn give him first aid while his son called 9-1-1.

Williams is at Strong hospital. 

Blackburn was arraigned Sunday night and is due back in Town Court Friday afternoon.

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