Hunters charged in accidental shooting

December 19, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Maryland Natural Resources Police filed charges Friday against two Baltimore County men and a Virginia man in connection with a shooting that was reported as accidental while the three were deer hunting near Manchester on Dec. 4.

The shooting victim, Michael Lee Sanner, 53, of the first block of Penndragon Court in Reisterstown, spent 10 days in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after telling police he had shot himself in the right elbow in a hunting accident. He was released from the hospital Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

Mr. Sanner was charged with hunting without a license and failure to wear required daylight fluorescent orange clothing after state investigators determined that he had been shot by a hunting companion.

Police charged Raymond Frederick Struble, 64, of first block of Shropshire Court, Reisterstown, with negligently shooting and wounding Mr. Sanner, and with giving a false statement to Cpl. Daniel Fisher.

Martin Lewis Struble, 34, of Alexandria, Va., who was hunting with the two in the 3700 block of Wine Road, was charged with hunting without a license.

Police said Martin Struble did not originally tell investigators that he had been hunting with the other two.

The two Reisterstown men were issued summonses to appear in court. A warrant was issued for Martin Struble because he lives out of state, according to documents filed in Carroll District Court.

District Court records indicate that Raymond Struble was hunting in a field about 8 a.m. Dec. 4 when he saw something brown move in a thick brush about 75 yards away and fired at it.

What he had seen turned out to be Mr. Sanner, who was struck in the right elbow.

All three hunters walked to the home of a relative nearby, where an ambulance was called.

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