Man shot in hunting accident

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

A Greene County hunting trip almost turned fatal for a Tuscaloosa man Saturday.

Pierre Hutchins, 24, of Tuscaloosa was in town with friends heading to a tree stand when shots rang out. When the fire ceased, Hutchins was struck in the arm.

Greene County Sheriff Johnny Isaac said a member of his own hunting party hit Hutchins.

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“Apparently, someone thought he was a deer in the bushes and shot him,” Isaac said. “After the second shot he yelled out and the shooter came to him.”

Isaac said since the shooting was accidental, no charges would be filed.

Hutchins injuries, Isaac said, were not life threatening and he should make a complete recovery.

Last Tuesday, Greene deputies investigated another bizarre call when a local company reported a vehicle taken hostage.

On Jan. 10 Rems Services of Boligee who reported a missing truck contacted the department.

“They reported that a couple of their employees drove one of their trucks, which was a 2006 Ford F-250 worth $34,500, to Texas and won’t return it,” Isaac said. “He said they talked with them and they have refused to bring it back.”

As of Monday, no warrants had been signed Isaac said, but a strange set of circumstances would likely bring Texas Bureau of Investigations and Alabama Bureau of Investigations detectives into the case.

The owner, Isaac said, made contact with the men who took the truck and was given an ultimatum.

“He said he spoke to them and they asked for a check,” Isaac said. “Otherwise they said they would take the truck on to Mexico.”

The amount of the check was unspecified. Isaac said they did not know all the details of the case, but planned to continue their investigation.