UPDATE (Jan. 8, 2019) The man arrested in connection with the death of a 73-year-old Lockwood man is due to reappear in court Tuesday, Jan. 8.
53-year-old Dean Brockoff was charged with manslaughter in the second degree in December after he accidentally shot and killed his hunting companion in Barton.
A Lockwood man is now dead after a hunting trip went horribly wrong on Sunday, Dec. 9.
The 73-year-old male was accidentally shot by his hunting companion, 53-year-old Dean Brockoff.
The shooting took place at approximately 7a.m. on Dec. 9 while the pair were hunting on private property off Miller Hollow Road in the town of Barton. Both the shooter and the victim had permission to be on the property.
DEC Region 7 Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and the Lockwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a reporter of a hunting related shooting incident (HRSI) at 8:30a.m.
The victim was transported to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where he later died.
Brockoff was arrested by DEC investigators and charged with manslaughter in the second degree, a class C felony.
He was remanded to the Tioga County jail and is due to appear back in court on Tuesday, Dec. 11
The DEC, the Tioga County District Attorney’s office, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Department, and New York State Police continue to investigate the incident.
The DEC is now reminding hunters to follow the official Hunting Safety Rules:
- Assume every gun is loaded.
- Control the muzzle. Point your gun in a safe direction.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Be sure of your target and beyond.
- Do not hunt deer and bear in the dark; big game hunting ends at sunset (link leaves DEC’s website).
- DEC encourages hunters to wear blaze orange or pink. Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal, or shooting in your direction. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot.