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Pomfret man allegedly shot teenage son while hunting turkey

Published: 5/11/2022 11:17:51 PM
Modified: 5/11/2022 11:17:51 PM

HARTFORD — A Pomfret father is alleged to have shot his 14-year-old son on Sunday when he was attempting to shoot an injured turkey while they were out hunting together, Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials said in a Wednesday news release.

Brent Lehouiller, 52, and his son were hunting on private property off Quarry Road when the 14-year-old shot and injured a turkey. To locate the injured bird, the two split up. While trying to shoot the turkey, the father shot his son with a shotgun using shotgun pellets.

Lehouiller brought his son to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where he was treated for injuries deemed serious but not life-threatening.

Reached by phone, Cynthia Lehouiller declined comment for both herself and her husband, Brent.

Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Game Warden Col. Jason Batchelder said the department advises people not to hunt turkeys by stalking them because different people could be pursuing the same bird. Instead, the department recommends that people sit still and attract the birds by calling them.

The incident appears to be accidental, according to a Wednesday news release from the Vermont State Police. It is under joint investigation by the Vermont State Police and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident should contact the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Westminster at 802-722-4600. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be submitted to the Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed.

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