Convicted felon shoots own foot while trespassing

Published: Dec. 22, 2015 at 12:48 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 20, 2016 at 11:48 PM CDT
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Provided by Texas Park & Wildlife

Texas Game Wardens working in conjunction with Yoakum County Sheriff's office completed an investigation regarding hunting on private property without consent, with the arrest of two Denver City, TX residents.

On the afternoon of Friday, December 4th, two Denver City men entered private property with a vehicle to hunt rabbits. During the hunt, one of the men who is a convicted felon, accidentally shot himself in the foot. Upon attempting to leave the scene, the individuals' vehicle became stuck in mud on the property. Unable to leave, they then contacted a mutual acquaintance to pull their vehicle out.

The Yoakum County Sheriff's office was notified about the incident and received a statement from Lovington, NM Police Department, where they contacted one suspect as he was seeking treatment at the Lovington hospital for his gunshot wound.

After Yoakum County learned that the incident potentially involved illegal hunting, they contacted the local Game Warden to conduct a joint investigation. The Game Warden and a Yoakum County Deputy collected additional evidence, and three warrants of arrest were issued. The suspects were located and taken into custody Monday afternoon by Texas Game Wardens, and Yoakum County Sheriff's office.

Lubbock district Public Information Officer Aaron Sims, spoke about the relationship between the two agencies. "I am proud of the strong working relationship between Texas Game Wardens and the Yoakum County Sheriff's office. As with Game Wardens across the state, the partnerships between Sheriffs as well as private landowners are key to protecting the wildlife and natural resources." Sims also reminds potential hunters to get permission before entering private property. "This case should serve as a reminder to all. No matter the animal or the means and methods, hunters need to be aware of who owns the land, and get permission prior to entering the property."

Both suspects are being charged with hunting without landowner consent, a Class A misdemeanor, and one of the suspects who is a convicted felon, is being charged with illegal possession of a firearm, a 3rd degree felony. A Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of $4,000 fine and/or 180 days in jail, and a 3rd degree felony carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 fine and/or 10 years imprisonment.