NORTON (CBS) – The president of pro-hunting group the Sportsmen’s Alliance is urging police to file charges against a State Trooper over an accidental shooting on New Year’s Eve.

Off-duty Trooper John Bergeron shot Cheryl Blair while she was walking her dogs after mistaking one of the dogs for a deer.

Police have said they won’t press charges, but the Sportsmen’s Alliance President David Schutz
says in a letter to Norton police that Bergeron should be charged for careless use of a firearm.

Schultz says the accident reflects poorly on other hunters.

“The appearance of impropriety,” he writes, “deserved or not, raises more than a few questions. How can we expect law enforcement to protect our lawful rights as responsible hunters or the rights or safety of the non-hunting public when “one of their own” doesn’t seem to be accountable for a clear violation of law?”

Schultz says even if Bergeron is not charged, he should lose his hunting license.

Cheryl Blair remains in the hospital with a broken pelvis as a result of that shooting.

She has already undergone several surgeries to combat an infection.

Comments (6)
  1. Paul says:

    If ever there was a legitimate lawsuit-in-waiting…..
    This officer better get some of those well paid Massachusetts flag details!!!!!

  2. donny says:

    Sportsmen’s Alliance President David Schutz is my new hero. Talk about walking the talk. Well done!

    “Police have said they won’t press charges,…”


  3. America1 says:

    The arrogance of the state police is insulting. They have lost any credibility long before this so I guess we should not be surprised. Two leashed dogs and a woman looked like a deer to an armed and trained officer?!
    How can this man be allowed to carry a weapon everyday by demonstrating that type of judgement?

  4. zztopp says:

    I’m not a hunter, but I thought hunting at night was called “jacking” deer. I also thought this was illegal. I’m just surprised with all the articles I’ve read on this matter, not one mentioned about how the officer was jacking deer.

    1. Dave_D says:

      I don’t think that any deer were harmed in the commission of this crime.

  5. Alec Sevins says:

    Look at YouTube videos of “sportsmen” blasting away at all manner of species in “kill-shot” videos, and you can see how these incidents happen. Much of what passes for “hunting” is often just target practice on live animals, with the gun and ammo being the focus. The animal basically dies for the camera.

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