Sarver man shot in mishap
BURRELL -- A Burrell Township man suffered a non-life threatening injury Monday when a high-powered rifle was accidentally discharged inside his home. The incident was not a hunting-related accident, according to investigators.
Trooper Mike Kapustik said the man, whose identity was being withheld by police, was wounded by the rifle after it accidentally discharged when a juvenile picked up the gun. The incident occurred around noon yesterday.
Officer John Smith of the state Game Commission office near Ligonier said the incident originally came in as a hunting related incident, but after game commission officers began investigating, they felt there could have been more to it than that.
Kapustik said he called in a state police helicopter and investigators from the Pennsylvania Game Commission to comb the area near the Kittanning Township-Burrell Township line yesterday afternoon looking for a hunter who might have been involved in an accidental shooting.
Further investigation revealed it was not a hunting accident, when it was determined that the bullet from the rifle had shattered a nearby window from the inside, the trooper said.
"This was initially reported as a hunting accident," Kapustik said. "It had nothing to do with hunting."
The man was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital with injuries Kapustik described as non-life threatening. He said the man had called friends from the hospital yesterday afternoon.
The area where the shooting occurred was a remote farm, surrounded by overgrown fields and woods. The property owner, Renee Zacour of Ford City, has the property posted, meaning it is off-limits to hunters without permission.
Zacour, who arrived at the scene a little more than an hour after it was reported, declined to comment on the incident.