The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 14, 2012

Police: Fayette County man shot teen spotting deer


Associated Press

UNIONTOWN — Police have charged a man with aggravated assault for allegedly shooting a teenage girl who was using a spotlight to look for deer near his Fayette County home.

State police say Jeremy James Pritts, 35, of Normalville, shot a 17-year-old girl Sunday night after she used a spotlight from the back of a pickup on an outing with her parents.

Investigators say pellets from the shotgun struck Cortney Snyder in the arms, face, chest and abdomen. Her parents called an ambulance from their nearby home.

Police say Pritts admitted firing at the light, saying he was frustrated with spotters and poachers in the area. He was released on bail Tuesday following his arraignment. Court records don’t list an attorney for him.

Snyder is recovering following surgery.

 

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