Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Jason H. Futrell, 24, of Colfax after allegedly shooting another hunter accidentally while turkey hunting in Winn Parish on April 10.
Futrell was hunting off of Hyde Road on the Catahoula Wildlife Management Area when he mistook Dustin J. Lasyone, 25, of Colfax for a gobbler. Futrell had been stalking a turkey that crossed a woods road near Lasyone. Lasyone stated that he was unable to get a shot at the turkey and then saw Futrell come out onto the road about 35 yards from him. Lasyone waved his arm to let Futrell know he was there and Futrell raised his gun and shot him in the head, neck, shoulder and upper torso areas.
Futrell, along with his hunting partner, James L. Swanson, 34, also of Colfax, rendered aid to Lasyone by calling 911 and transporting him out of the woods. Once on the highway, the men flagged down Louisiana State Trooper Mike Gilliam, who transported Lasyone to Winn Parish Medical Center. He was treated for his injuries and transferred to St. Frances Cabrini Hospital for further treatment.
After investigating the shooting, agents ruled that it was accidental, but cited Futrell for negligent injury because he failed to identify his target. A Remington 870 Express 12-gauge shotgun was seized for evidence.
Sgt. Marcus Constance and Senior Agent Rusty Perry conducted the investigation. The penalty for negligent injuring is a fine up to $500, or jail time up to six months or both.
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