Texas game warden wounded by gunshot while bow hunting

Dec. 30, 2013 at 2:43 PM   |   0 comments

DALLAS, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A Texas game warden was recovering Monday after suffering a gunshot wound during an off-duty bow-hunting expedition northeast of Dallas, officials said.

Delta County Game Warden Chris Fried was hunting in Cooper Lake State Park Sunday afternoon when he was shot in the chest, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Authorities said they believed Fried was shot accidentally, likely by another hunter, but had not yet located the person responsible.

Fried, 31, was taken to a local hospital where he was reported in stable condition, the news website mySSnews.com. reported

"We believe he was walking out, it was late, about 6 p.m., and he was shot," Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith said.

"We are inclined to believe that it is a non-intentional act. We have identified a number of hunters in the area, we have interviewed them and we have some very high possibilities of who the shooter was. We're not ready to release that, it still under investigation."

The sheriff said results of the investigation would be submitted to prosecutors and possibly referred to a grand jury.

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