Hunter shoots dog, then dog's owner shoots himWednesday, November 12, 2008
A man faces a preliminary hearing tomorrow on charges that he shot a man who wounded his pet dog while hunting coyote Sunday in Fayette County.
George A. Bodnovich, 42, of Brownsville, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.
The charges stem from the shooting at about 4 p.m. Sunday of Jonathan B. Harmon.
The two men gave state police divergent stories about the shooting, though they agreed on one point.
Mr. Harmon had been hunting coyote near the Hi-To Sportsman's Club in Georges when he mistook Mr. Bodnovich's pet dog, Seneca, for a coyote.
Mr. Harmon, interviewed in a hospital room by investigators, said he did not realize until he came upon his fallen prey that he had shot a dog, according to a police affidavit.
Seneca had been wearing an orange vest at the time it was shot.
Mr. Harmon told police that as he got closer to the dead animal he saw Mr. Bodnovich running toward him and firing a gun.
Mr. Harmon said he believes he was shot in the leg as he hopped on his ATV and tried to drive away.
In Mr. Bodnovich's version in the affidavit, he had been hiking with friends when he heard the shot, ran toward the sound and found Mr. Harmon fleeing with a rifle in his hands.
The suspect said he saw Mr. Harmon crouch behind his ATV and aim his rifle at the pet owner.
Two shots were fired at the ATV before Mr. Harmon yelled for the suspect to stop shooting. The hunter raised his hands and Mr. Bodnovich took the hunting rifle from him, the affidavit said.
Mr. Bodnovich said he noticed a pistol in Mr. Harmon's waistband. He believed the hunter was reaching for the second gun, so the suspect said he fired another shot, striking Mr. Harmon in the leg.
Mr. Bodnovich is free on $50,000 bond, pending a hearing tomorrow before District Judge Randy Abraham in McClellandtown.
I mean if these two men were both unarmed, then Mr. Bodnovich would have to be paying for dog food and Mr. Harmon's doctor would not be able to make a living. Thank goodness for gun control, I hope I haven't let my NRA membership lapse.