PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A Maryland man has been charged after an illegal hunting accident.
Maryland Natural Resources police officials say they received a call for a hunting accident around 2 p.m. Saturday. The accident occurred on land owned by the Maryland Park and Planning Commission.
Officials found Ricky Johnson, 59, who had been shot in the abdomen and knee. He was taken to Prince George’s County Hospital.
Officials say Roy Conte, 57, was shooting at a deer and missed, striking Johnson. Conte was charged with negligent hunting, hunting without written permission and illegal use of buckshot to hunt.
Other members of the hunting party were also charged. Bryan Creek, 33, was charged with hunting without a license, hunting without a safety certificate, illegal use of buckshot, hunting without written permission and failure to carry a second form of ID. James Creek, 66, was charged with failure to wear flourescent orange, hunting without written permission, illegal use of buckshot and failure to complete the field tag before removing deer from the place of kill. Marcus Johnson, 56, was charged with hunting without written permission and illegal use of buckshot to hunt deer.
The investigation is ongoing.
Officials didn’t say whether Johnson would also face charges.