This man may find himself behind prison bars for some time after accidentally shooting this officer.
What started out as a normal day on the job quickly took a turn for the worst for wildlife officer James Davey.
According to Times Union News, Davey and DEC Lt. Liza Bobseine were investigating reports of illegal deer poaching when Davey was struck in the pelvis by a shot fired by Alan Blanchard.
Blanchard, 55, from Columbia County New York, could possibly spend seven years in prison after the accidental shooting of Davey.
Thankfully, with the help of Bobseine thinking fast by compressing the pelvic wound, Davey will live to tell the story. We will also give recognition to Blanchard and his hunting buddy for sticking around after the terrible accident and helping with the rescue. He was then arrested on the spot.
The Times Union also informed that DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said Blanchard's conviction should be "an example ... that illegal hunting after dusk and careless conduct with firearms will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Conservation officers often catch a bad rep from the hunting community, but when you respect the law, majority of the time they are here to help. Officers like Davey and Bobseine and many others work day an night trying to protect and conserve the natural habitat and keep people like Blanchard from continually partaking in illegal actions.
A risky job that we thank them for, and one that can be dangerous at times as well, as you can see.
Davey is currently rehabbing and we wish him the best of luck.
Be safe out there people, and follow the laws...
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