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    Louisiana Man Arrested for Allegedly Shooting a Hiker

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Flatwoods man for allegedly shooting a hiker in Natchitoches Parish on April 12.

    Agents arrested Jerry Merrill, 63, for negligent injury and booked him into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

    Merrill was turkey hunting on the Red Dirt Federal Refuge around 9 a.m. when he allegedly mistook a hiker for a turkey shooting him with a shotgun.  The hiker received minor injuries and was treated and released by emergency workers at the scene.

    Negligent injury carries a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail.

    Hunters are reminded that positive target identification is critical for hunter safety and a basic component of legal game harvest.

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