PRINCETON — A 17-year-old boy did not need to go to the hospital after a shotgun slug went through his bedroom wall and struck his thigh Friday, opening day of gun-deer hunting season.
The slug went through a 10-inch wall before striking the teen in the thigh. The 17-year-old refused medical treatment, Conservation Police Sgt. Hank Frazier told the NewsTribune.
“It went all the way through his clothes, but it didn’t go into his body. It caused a contusion,” Frazier said.
He said the ammo passed through the top of the teen’s right pant leg, grazing his right thigh, passed through his underwear striking no flesh and then struck his left thigh, causing a deep contusion.
The incident occurred at 5:05 p.m. in rural Princeton, said Frazier, who did not specify an exact location. Frazier said the shot was fired either right after or right at the end of legal shooting hours for the deer season.
The conservation police are investigating.
Busy season for wardens
It’s been a busy week for Frazier, who is overseeing a large northern Illinois territory.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, conservation officers went to Starved Rock Lodge after a guest died from a medical condition. Also Saturday, they were called to an accident in the Quad Cities area, where a hunter was struck in the arm by a hunting partner who was carrying a .20-gauge shotgun.
And on Nov. 10, conservation officers discovered an active methamphetamine lab on the Peoria-Stark County line. Frazier said a hunter was in a tree stand on his own property and saw a car pull up onto his land and people get out. He called about people trespassing, but only thought they were hunting without permission.
Conservation officers who arrived at the scene found a woman holding up a bottle that was smoking.
“We were there on a hunting complaint and it turned out it was a meth lab,” Frazier said.
Suspects were apprehended after a two-hour pursuit on foot by state, county and conservation police.