Glen Burnie hunter faces charge of shooting, killing horse at farm

November 28, 1995|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A Glen Burnie deer hunter was charged with destruction of property after a horse was shot and killed early Saturday as he was hunting near a South County farm, county police said.

Officers were called to the horse farm in the 300 block of Harwood Road about 9:30 a.m. and found a 3-year-old Swedish warm blood, valued at $10,000 to $15,000, dead in a field, police said.

Neighbors said they had seen a man hunting deer near the farm that morning. A hunter said he and another hunter walked into the woods about 6 a.m. and that he heard a gunshot from the other man's direction, police said.

At first, the other hunter denied being involved in the incident. He admitted shooting the horse after officers found powder residue in his shotgun and one shell missing from his two new boxes of shells, police said.

The man said he heard a grunt while hunting and used his deer call. When the animal ran into the open, the man fired, not realizing it was a horse, police said.

Timothy Jay O'Neill, 35, of the 500 block of Morningside Drive, was arrested, charged and released on his own recognizance.

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