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Area man arrested for accidentally shooting police officer while hunting
BY HVNEWS STAFF • ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 11/30/16
On November 29, at approximately 5 p.m. New York State Environmental Police officers Lieutenant Eliza Bobseine and Officer James Davey were investigating a complaint of a reported trespass with shots fired in the area on Silvernails Road in the Town of Gallatin when they came upon fresh tire tracks leading into a cut cornfield. While walking through the field, Officer Davey was shot one time with a rifle in the area of his pelvis. The shooter, Alan Blanchard, 55, of Gallatin, and his hunting partner, James Brown, of Pine Plains, subsequently remained at the scene and assisted with rescue efforts.
Officer Davey underwent surgery and is recovering at a local hospital.
Investigation determined Blanchard’s reckless conduct led to the accidental shooting of Officer Davey. Blanchard was charged with assault in the second degree, a class-D felony, and arraigned in the Town of Livingston Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of no bail. He is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Livingston Court at a later date.