Norton state trooper cleared in hunting accident
NORTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A state trooper who accidentally shot his neighbor in Norton last year was cleared of any wrong doing, but that is not sitting well with the victim.
Cheryl Blair is still recovering from injuries she sustained in the shooting.
“You feel it in your body all the time and then you relive it in your mind,” said Blair.
The court said the man who shot her, an off-duty state trooper, will not face any criminal charges.
“Shocked, just shocked and dismayed as to why this state trooper gets away with just shooting me and then just walking,” said Blair.
Blair was walking her dogs on New Year’s Eve in the woods behind her Norton home when her neighbor said he mistook her dog for a deer’s tail. He fired his rifle and hit Blair, shattering her pelvis.
“Why would you have shot someone, shot a human being, he said he saw a deer tail. Well, he didn’t see the body of the deer. Obviously, because then I wouldn’t have been shot,” said Blair.
Environmental police recommended the trooper be charged with careless use of a weapon, but earlier this week the courts dropped the criminal complaint.
“I’m very angry that there are no consequences for him at all,” said Blair.
No one answered when 7News went to the trooper’s home.
Blair, who has undergone a handful of surgeries, said her neighbor has never stopped by to apologize. Now Blair is focusing on getting better.
“I’m just trying to get my life back, supporting my family as much as I can, just telling them that I’m okay,” said Blair.
Blair said she is upset that he didn’t lose his hunting license. She is now filing a civil lawsuit.