POTSDAM - On Oct. 22, at approximately 7:41 a.m., New York State Police in Canton were called with a report of a possible hunting accident off Dayton Road in the town of Potsdam.
The investigation revealed Ricky A. Brunelle, 43, Ellenburg Depot, was hunting on property he leases off South Canton Road. Brunelle and his hunting partner split up and began hunting at approximately 7 a.m. Brunelle stated he later observed what he thought was a deer and fired one shot from his Connecticut Valley Arms .50 caliber muzzleloader rifle. He heard someone shout from the direction he had fired and found Bernard H. Sharlow, 39, Norwood, had been struck in the abdomen by the shot Brunelle fired. Sharow was accompanied by another hunter. The hunters carried Sharow to the roadway and he was transported to Canton/Potsdam Hospital by EMS.
Since the incident, Sharlow has undergone surgery, although is still seriously injured, according to state police Lt. Brent M. Davison.
The New York State Police Troop B Forensic Identification Unit responded to assist with processing the scene. St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve was advised. Brunelle was charged with second-degree assault and arranged in the Town of Potsdam Court before Town Justice Sam Charleson. He was released under the supervision of the St. Lawrence County Probation Department. Further investigation into this incident is ongoing.
The names of the other two hunters are not being released at this time.