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Wildlife Officer Will Not Be Charged in April Shooting in Wilkes PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 02 July 2009 17:58

The N.C. Wildlife officer who shot a resident who was hunting turkey in April in Wilkes County will not face criminal charges.


Thursday evening Penny Miller, the communications director for the North Carolina Wildlife Commission said the decision was made public through a press release from District Attorney Tom E. Horner of Wilkesboro.


In a released statement, Horner said Officer Mark Minton’s actions “were reasonable and appropriate in response to the perceived use or imminent use of deadly physical force…” and that no criminal prosecution is warranted.


Minton, a 12-year veteran of the N.C. Wildlife Commission, shot and killed 76-year-old Clyde Coffey while Coffey was turkey hunting on private property about three months ago.


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