By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
On Wednesday we posted a story about 18-year-old Kansan Beau Arndt, who was killed while goose hunting by a single rifle shot fired, witnesses said, from a red pickup truck driving slowly by. In your comments, most of you argued that this was no hunting accident but the predictable result of blatant poaching. So you’ll probably be very interested in the latest:
From The Wichita Eagle:
A 57-year-old Topeka man who was taken into custody Wednesday “appears to be the shooter” who killed an Americus, Kan., teen as he hunted last weekend. . . .
“It appears to just be a tragic accident,” [Lyon County Sheriff Gary] Eichorn said. . . .
Bob Arndt Jr. said he bears no ill will for the man who killed his son.
“It’s purely an innocent accident to an innocent child, and it’s a horrible tragedy,” he said. “But we all have loss.
“We wish this guy no harm, no revenge,” he said. “He has my sympathy, going through what he has to go through. . . .
The shooting caused anger and frustration among Lyon County residents and sportsmen around the region because Beau Arndt was hunting legally and killed by an illegally fired bullet. . . .
“I don’t know what it is — they just see blood,” he said of many online bloggers. “They want to take everything upon themselves.
“This needs to be left up to the courts and the justice system. . . .”
Investigators hope to present evidence in the case to the Lyon County attorney’s office today, Eichorn said.
In addition to any charges the shooter faces in Arndt’s death, he also could face federal and state wildlife charges.
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