Hunter fires shotgun into own foot

Posted Nov. 18, 2012, at 1:16 p.m.

MERCER, Maine — A man returning to his hunting group was sent to a Waterville hospital Saturday after accidentally discharging his shotgun, according to a news release from the Maine Warden Service.

Andrew Knight, 37, of Rome was the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the left foot. Knight said that he was hunting with his father Kenneth Knight and a female junior hunter, both from Rome, off from the Rome Road in Mercer.

Knight said he was returning from the woods from hunting to meet with his relatives near the roadside. Knight said he placed the gun barrel on the top of his left foot in a resting position, and the firearm discharged. The gun was a Remington pump-action 12-gauge shotgun loaded with buckshot.

Knight was provided with care and transported by Delta Ambulance to Inland Hospital in Waterville. Game Warden Steve Allarie and Sergeant Terry Hughes responded to incident, which remains under their investigation. The Maine State Police also assisted in this incident.

Knight was reported in stable condition.

No further information was available Sunday.