Man Shoots Friend While Hunting, Now Faces Manslaughter

When not careful, hunting can be one of the most dangerous sports out there.

A man from New York is now dead after a freak accident while hunting. 53-year-old Dean Brockoff accidentally shot and killed his 73-year-old hunting partner around 7a.m. on December 9.

DEC Region 7 Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and the Lockwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a reporter of a hunting related shooting incident (HRSI) at 8:30a.m. 

The victim was transported to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where he later died.

Brockoff was arrested by DEC investigators and charged with manslaughter in the second degree, a class C felony. 

He was remanded to the Tioga County jail and is due to appear back in court on Tuesday, Dec. 11

The DEC, the Tioga County District Attorney’s office, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Department, and New York State Police continue to investigate the incident. 

The DEC is now reminding hunters to follow the official Hunting Safety Rules:

  • Assume every gun is loaded.
  • Control the muzzle. Point your gun in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target and beyond.
  • Do not hunt deer and bear in the dark; big game hunting ends at sunset (link leaves DEC’s website).
  • DEC encourages hunters to wear blaze orange or pink. Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal, or shooting in your direction. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot.

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