HARTFORD — A Pomfret father allegedly shot his 14-year-old son Sunday as he tried to shoot an injured turkey while they were hunting together, Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials said in a news release Wednesday.
Brent Lehouiller, 52, and his son were hunting on private property near Quarry Road when the 14-year-old shot and injured a turkey. To locate the injured bird, the two separated. As he tried 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 to comment for herself and her husband, Brent.
Col. Jason Batchelder, director of hunting for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the department advises people against hunting turkeys by stalking because different people could chase the same bird. Instead, the ministry recommends that people remain seated and attract birds by calling them.
The incident appears to be accidental, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Vermont State Police. He is under joint investigation by the Vermont State Police and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Vermont State Police Criminal Investigation Bureau 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 if criminal charges will be filed.