Niagara Gazette

Opinion

April 12, 2014

COPS NOTEBOOK: Road rage and turkey shooting

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Jackson later told the deputies the incident had been “a lapse of judgement.”

Not quite three weeks later, it seems Jackson had another “lapse of judgement.”

This time, sheriff’s deputies were called to the area of 720 Creek Lane on April 4 for a report of a man shooting a turkey during the noon hours. The intrepid hunter was none other than Jackson.

Jackson told the deputies the turkey had been attacking a girl in a vehicle, so he shot it for her safety.

When Jackson took the deputies to the remains of the turkey, they noticed the bird had been butchered. Jackson explained that since the turkey was dead, he had cut it up and was cooking it.

Witnesses who watched the incident unfold told a somewhat different tale than Jackson. They said the turkey wasn’t being aggressive at all.

They said the bird was just looking at its reflection in the vehicle.

Once again, Jackson was arrested and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm (less than 500 feet from a business/dwelling), discharging a firearm across a roadway, hunting small game out of season and possession of a turkey without a tag.

To say the least, this all seems pretty bird-brained to me.

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