State Police and state conservation officers investigated an unusual shooting involving two "hunters" last week.

The two were hunting deer out of season in northern Essex County when one put a shotgun round through the other's arm. They allegedly lied about how it happened, but when investigators sorted out it out, one was hit with a pile of major charges.

The late muzzleloader season ended in the Southern Zone on Tuesday, and in the Northern Zone rifle season came to an end on Dec. 10.

Meanwhile, we have heard nothing from the DEC about the shooting that happened in Hebron late last month.

Below is the State Police press release about the Essex County shooting.

-- Don Lehman

On December 14, 2017, at approximately 5:05 p.m. State Police responded to Elizabethtown Community Hospital for a report of a gunshot wound.

The hospital initially reported an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound sustained by Waite E. Denton, 27, of Willsboro while hunting with Andrew L. Rolston, 33, of Willsboro. A subsequent investigation revealed Denton and Rolston were illegally hunting deer when Rolston accidentally shot Denton with a 20 gauge shotgun. The slug entered his right bicep and exited through his right tricep before grazing his upper back. Rolston transported Denton to Elizabethtown Community Hospital where he was later flown to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont with non-life threatening injuries.

This investigation resulted in Rolston being charged with Assault 2nd degree, Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree and Making a Punishable False Written Statement. He was arraigned at the Town of Westport Court where he was released on his own recognizance. Rolston is to reappear at the Town of Elizabethtown Court on December 28, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. and at the Town of Lewis Court on December 26, 2017, at 6 p.m. Denton was charged with Making a Punishable False Written Statement. He was released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Lewis Court on December 26, 2017, at 6 p.m.

This investigation was conducted jointly with the New York State Environmental Conservation Police. Additional New York State Environmental Conservation Law charges are pending.



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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