Hunter accidentally shoots self in foot

WEST GARDINER — A hunting accident Saturday morning sent a Neck Road man to the hospital after he apparently slipped and shot himself in the foot.

District Game Warden Steve Allarie said Zachary Woods, 31, was injured.

“He was apparently beginning to start his hunt behind his residence and heard what he thought could be a deer,” Allarie said. He said Woods flipped off the safety and the firearm went off when he slipped on some rocks, striking himself in the right foot.

Allarie said one of Woods’ relatives drove him to the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta, and deputies from the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office were called. When they determined it was a hunting accident, they called the Maine Warden Service.

Allarie said Woods was to be released from the hospital Saturday after surgery and that the accident might have cost him a toe.

The incident remains under investigation.

Saturday was the final day of firearms season for hunting deer.


Friday: At 4:36 p.m., a 43-year-old Augusta woman was issued a summons on Leighton Road charging her with domestic-violence threatening with a dangerous weapon and aggravated criminal mischief.

4:56 p.m., a Capitol Street caller reported theft of a motor vehicle.

7:52 p.m., a 31-year-old Augusta man was issued a summons on Riverside Drive charging him with assault.

10:15 p.m., a caller from Cumberland Farms, Mount Vernon Avenue, reported theft.

10:46 p.m., a caller from Bread of Life Ministries Veterans Shelter, Hospital Street, reported a disturbance or disorderly conduct.

Saturday: At 10:03 a.m., a Newland Avenue caller reported a disturbance or disorderly conduct.

1:21 p.m., a caller from Walgreens, Water Street, reported theft.


Friday: At 4:09 p.m., Mindie Mari Howard, 29, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant at the Augusta police station, Union Street.

Saturday: At 1:48 a.m., Joseph Rodney Stevens, 29, of Augusta, was arrested on Townsend Road, Augusta, on charges of assault, criminal mischief and violating a condition of release.

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