NORTON, Mass. — The husband of a Massachusetts woman who was accidentally shot by an off-duty state trooper hunting deer after dark is questioning the trooper’s target identification.

The Boston Herald reports that the trooper apologized to the family. But the victim’s husband, also a hunter, says hunters need to pay attention and know their target.

Cheryl Blair was walking her two dogs Saturday when the trooper, John Bergeron, mistook her pets for a deer.

She is in a hospital recovering from surgery for a fractured pelvis.

Authorities say the shooting was accidental. A state police spokesman says Bergeron was properly licensed and faces no criminal charges. The investigation is continuing.

Bergeron, a neighbor of the Blairs’, did not respond to a request by the newspaper for comment.


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