Hunter who shot off-duty deputy charged

Published 10:10 am Thursday, September 26, 2013

HUDSON, Wis. — A Minnesota man has been charged with shooting and injuring an off-duty sheriff’s commander while hunting turkeys in western Wisconsin this spring.

Twenty-seven-year-old Anthony Peter Cardarelli of White Bear Lake, is charged in St. Croix County with second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Cardarelli told deputies that he was sitting in a tree when he heard movement in the brush and fired his shotgun at what he thought was a turkey.

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Washington County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Jerry Cusick was hit by 58 pellets at short range and knocked off his feet.

According to the charges, Cusick had a landowner’s permission to scout turkey hunting areas on April 30 but Cardarelli didn’t.

Cardarelli makes his initial court appearance Oct. 24.

Cusick has returned to work.