Gil Jaeger, of Bristol, Maine was shot when he went into the woods near his home to investigate gunshots he heard.
According to police a nearby neighbor was target practicing on his own property. "Investigators are confident that this shootings was not intentional in nature and all the parties involved have been identified and are cooperating," said the local sheriff.
Jaeger sustained "non-life-threatening injuries to his torso" and is recovering in the hospital.
33-year-old Cory Ouellette, of Orono, ME and 24-year-old Christopher Dempsey, of Topsham, ME, were arrested and charged with reckless conduct with a firearm after a stray bullet fired while they were target practicing entered a nearby residence.
A woman called police to say a bullet had just shot into her house. According to reports, "the bullet went through several walls and landed in the living room, where she was sitting. It missed her by an estimated three feet."
Police confiscated multiple guns from the men, including a .44-magnum rifle.
Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty is bruised but okay after being unintentionally shot by a deputy during a training session at a gun range in Gardiner, ME.
The men were taking part in a required qualifying session at the gun range. Liberty was shot in the back when a deputy went to reload his pistol. Fortunately, Liberty was wearing his ballistic vest.
The deputy was reloading his weapon behind a shed about 30 feet away when he unintentionally discharged the gun. The bullet went through both walls of the shed before hitting Liberty.
"It hit just to the right of the center of my spine," said Liberty. "The vest did a good job. It dispersed the blow."
Liberty added that it's the policy of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Department to require officers to wear ballistic vests on gun ranges, but it's not a policy for every department.