MAYVILLE, NY (WKBW) - The father of a Southern Tier volunteer firefighter who was shot and killed while hunting last December fired the fatal shot, police said Thursday.
William Roberts, 73, was hunting in the Town of Stockton in Chautauqua County with his 33-year-old son Jeffrey when the fatal accident occurred.
The sun was setting while a group of hunters were out along State Route 60. The elder Roberts fired from about 100 yards away, officials said.
Jeffrey Roberts was not wearing his hunter orange coat at the time of the shooting.
'You're supposed to be wearing orange and he took it off. It's a tragic, tragic situation," said Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley.
"Mr. Roberts, Sr. has been cooperative in the investigation but due to what we would perceive as post-traumatic stress disorder had been unable to recall the event and therefore, although cooperative, hasn't been able to provide us much information at all," said Foley.
No charges will be filed. The incident has been ruled accidental.