Attica man charged after hunting accident

An Attica man has been charged with negligent hunting in connection to an accident that injured another hunter in December.

According to court documents, Donald C. Martin, 64, has been charged with negligent, careless or reckless hunting, a first-degree misdemeanor, for an accident Dec. 3 in which a man was shot in the foot.

According to documents from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Martin had been shooting a coyote that was between him and a companion hunter when a round struck the other man in the foot. The pair had been deer hunting with other hunters when the coyote emerged from the woods.

Martin told law enforcement he believed the round had ricocheted and struck the man. The victim was transported to Mercy Willard Hospital by private vehicle where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to ODNR documents, Martin had been properly licensed and permitted for deer hunting.

The ODNR has recommend Tiffin Municipal Court impose a $250 fine and a one-year hunting license revocation. Martin is scheduled to appear next week for an arraignment.