CALEDONIA – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who is alleged to have fatally shot a hunting companion on Sunday.
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According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, the man is identified as John Lander, 50, of Rochester.
On Nov. 27 at approximately 3:50 p.m., the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) received a call of a hunter down due to a gunshot wound. The location given was in a field located well off of the 900 block of River Road.
Deputies arrived on scene and tended to the hunter down, a 45 year old female from Rochester who is not being identified at the request of the family.
The caller advised there had been five hunters hunting as a group, when she was shot in the abdomen by one of the hunters in their party.
Deputies, along with several fire and EMS members, attempted life saving measures but she was later pronounced deceased at Strong Memorial Hospital.
The incident is being investigated by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation and coordination with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Identification Unit and Command staff investigated on scene. Members of the NYS DEC including DEC Officer’s, Investigators, K-9 and Command staff were on scene for the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office flew their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to take photos and video of the area.
Assisting at the scene were the following agencies: Avon Police Department, Livingston County EMS, Caledonia EMS, Avon Fire Department, Caledonia Fire Department and Mercy Flight West.