Conservation Officers are investigating an incident that left a Knox man
injured as a result of a single gunshot on Sunday.
According to the
Department of Natural Resources, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Earl Sponaugle,
52, was turkey- and mushroom-hunting on his own property in the area of 150N
500E in Knox, when a turkey hunter on a neighboring property saw white
and--thinking it the head of a male turkey--fired a single shot from his
The round hit
Sponaugle in the shoulder and ear, the DNR said. Sponaugle was treated at
Starke County Hospital and subsequently released.
is ongoing, and a report will be submitted to the Starke County Prosecutor
for review upon completion,” the DNR said.
Conservation Officers stress the importance of proper target identification
while hunting and being aware of what is beyond your intended target,” the