TOWN OF NORTH HARMONY, NY — An Ohio man is accused of shooting a brown-colored pick-up truck after misidentifying it as a deer in the Town of North Harmony, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.
The incident happened just before 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Deputies say that Marvin C. Miller was hunting on state lands in the area of Snake Forest Road when he thought the truck was a deer and fired one round from his 7mm high-powered scoped rifle and struck the truck.
The truck was struck in the front fender just a few feet from where two occupants were in the vehicle. The occupants were not injured. The round went through the engine compartment, which completely disabled the truck.
Miller did exit the woods and checked on the status of the occupants, according to deputies.
Miller was charged with discharging a firearm across a public roadway, and second-degree reckless endangerment. Additional charges are pending.
He was arraigned in the Town of Sherman Court and released after posting bail.
New York State Environmental Conservation Police will return to the site of the incident on Saturday to continue their investigation.
The incident comes just two days after a Sherman woman was killed in an apparent hunting accident.