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Man faces charges in fatal shooting of Ashtabula hunter

Posted at 3:47 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 15:47:56-04

Authorities say an Ohio man who fatally shot another hunter and then failed to report the man’s death has been indicted on involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

The Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office in northeast Ohio says 40-year-old Darrell Shepard was illegally hunting on the first day of the deer gun season last November when he shot and killed Randy Gozzard, who was hunting nearby. Prosecutors say Ashtabula County sheriff’s deputies found Shepard hiding at a residence in December, seized several guns and arrested him on a warrant in a previous drug case.

Shepard was indicted Tuesday. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter, having weapons under disability, injuring persons or property while hunting, hunting without permission, and failure to report knowledge of a death.

Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci says Shepard told investigators he’d used one of the seized guns while hunting Nov. 27.

Court records don’t indicate whether Shepard has an attorney.