Shooting Of Snowmobiler May Lead To Assault Charges
A Newman Lake man shot while snowmobiling on private property remained hospitalized Friday with a wound to his left calf.
Dan Brammer, 36, was riding alone on a borrowed snowmobile in an area unfamiliar to him when a bullet pierced his leg Thursday afternoon, said Deputy David Reagan.
Brammer, who was listed in satisfactory condition at Valley Hospital and Medical Center late Friday, was able to provide a description of the shooter and another man involved.
Although no arrests have been made, detectives are investigating the shooting as a second-degree assault case because Brammer posed no threat to either man’s safety, Reagan said.
He added that jotting down Brammer’s description and reporting the trespass to the sheriff’s department would have sufficed.
“Basically, the rule of thumb is you can’t use any more force than that which is necessary,” Reagan said.
Descriptions of the two men were not released.
The shooting took place Thursday about 4:10 p.m. when Brammer turned off Malvern Street onto Strong Road, which dead-ends in front of three trailer homes.
Deputies said Brammer apparently did not see a “No Trespassing” sign posted at the edge of the property, and rode past it.
At least six shots rang out when Brammer turned the snowmobile around at a dead end and headed off the property.
He looked back and saw an older man with a rifle standing on the porch in front of one of the homes, Reagan said.
A second man, also holding a rifle, stepped in Brammer’s way when he started to leave and told him not to ride past the “No Trespassing” sign again, Reagan said.