Suspect arrested after shots fired at duck hunter on Thursday

Published 9:15 am Friday, November 30, 2012

SPRING LAKE PARK — Authorities have arrested a suspect after a clash between duck hunters ended with a shotgun being fired at one hunter in Dakota County.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to Spring Lake Park just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday on a report of shots fired at a duck hunter.

The caller said a hunter was confronted by another hunting party as he placed his decoys in the water. The argument grew heated, and a shotgun was fired at the hunter who was placing the decoys.

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Pellets struck the side of the hunter’s boat, but no one was hit.

About an hour later officers arrested a suspect on an island near where the alleged assault happened. The suspect was taken to jail, and the case will be turned over to prosecutors.