GALLATIN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A New York Environmental Conservation officer is undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound after investigating reports of potential illegal hunting activity in Columbia County.
ENCON was called to the area of Silvernails road in the Town of Gallatin around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say Lieutenant Eliza Bobseine and Officer James Davey were investigating a reported trespass complaint with shots fired. While walking through the field, Officer Davey was shot one time with a rifle in his leg.
Davey was transported and is being treated at Hudson Regional Hospital.
Police say the shooter 55-year-old Alan Blanchard and his hunting partner, James Brown remained at the scene at assisted with rescue efforts.
Blanchard was charged with 2nd-degree assault and was arraigned. He was remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of no bail.
According to police, Blanchard’s reckless conduct led to the accidental shooting.
The investigation is still ongoing.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation said the following in a statement Tuesday evening:
DEC commends the two officers for their courage in the line of duty and thank them for their service. On behalf of all New Yorkers, our thoughts and prayers are with the wounded officer and his family.