Schoharie County hunter who shot himself facing weapons charges
Updated 6:55 a.m.
SLOANSVILLE A Schoharie County man who accidentally shot himself while deer hunting on Thanksgiving Day is facing charges following an investigation.
Timothy E. Kelly, 47, of Sloansville, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and hunting deer with rimfire ammunition, a misdemeanor, according to a news release from Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond.
Police reported Kelly was hunting about 1,000 yards south of Route 20 near Sloansville when the pistol fell to the ground and went off, striking him in the lower back. He was treated at the scene by Central Bridge Fire and EMS before being airlifted to Albany Medical Center.
The weapons possession charge was lodged because the .22 caliber pistol Kelly was hunting with wasn't registered, according to the release. Rimfire ammunition is not allowed for hunting big game in New York state.
Kelly was issued tickets to appear Jan. 2 in Esperance Town Court.