State: No Charges In Shooting Of Turkey Hunter

State wildlife officials say a veteran officer will not face charges for fatally shooting a turkey hunter.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said state and
local investigators have determined that Officer Mark Minton was
reasonably responding to the threat of deadly force.

Officials have said that Minton was patrolling in Wilkes County on the first day of turkey hunting season in April when the confrontation occurred and the officer shot and killed 76-year-old Clyde Coffey of Caldwell County.

Gordon Myers, the executive director of the commission, said an
internal investigation is ongoing.


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  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 3, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    Dead men tell no tails.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    Duanel, Obviously you have never stared down the barrel of a shotgun... It looks the same wether the person holding it is 26 or 86... a 6 year old can shoot those guns and end with the same result! Old people break the law too.. This wasn't grandpa jones sitting on the front porch sipping sweet tea and reading the bible!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    Duanel ... if a man or even a boy is shooting at you it does not matter how old they are .. you take action to stop them from shooting at you.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    FYI: In case ya don't know....Turkey Hunters are ARMED!
  • by duanel Location: kinston on Jul 2, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    deadly force on a 76 yr old now come on people
  • by Steve D. Location: Merry Hill on Jul 2, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    Why was deadly force needed? Because the hunter who was shot DID NOT OBEY THE OFFICER'S CLEAR COMMANDS AND THREATENED HIS LIFE, Cactus. Clear enough?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 2, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    Please explain why "deadly force" was needed.
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