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January 3, 2004

Hunting-related Fatality at Corbin Park, Croydon, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. -- At approximately 9:30 a.m., Saturday, January 3, a fatal shooting incident occurred at Corbin Park, a private shooting preserve in the town of Croydon, N.H. The victim has been identified as Robert H. Proulx, age 58, of Manchester. Next of kin have been notified. The name of the shooter is not yet available.

According to Col. Jeffrey Gray of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the incident is being investigated as a "probable mistaken-for-game scenario."

First responders to the scene were Croydon Police Department and Croydon emergency medical personnel. The victim was pronounced dead of a single bullet wound at the scene. At the time of the incident, the victim was wearing blue jeans; a camouflage jacket, hat and boots; and no "hunter orange." Mr. Proulx was the owner of Wildlife Taxidermy in Manchester.

According to witnesses, the shooter and the victim were both members of a hunting party that included a group of six hunting for elk, boar and deer. Four other members of the hunting party have been identified as Roger Williams of Barrington, John Twitchell of Hampton, Robert Barr of Strafford and Angelo Cacciatore, a visitor from Italy.

The incident is under investigation by New Hampshire Fish and Game in conjunction with New Hampshire State Police; Hal Brown, Cheshire County Medical Examiner; and Mark Hathaway, Sullivan County Attorney. Lead investigators are Fish and Game Conservation Officers Sgt. Brian Suttmeier and Lt. Todd Bogardus.

Corbin Park, also known as Blue Mountain Forest and Game Preserve, is a private, fenced-in shooting preserve with a very limited membership. The 24,000-acre preserve was founded in 1890. Because Corbin Park is a private shooting preserve and propagates its own game animals, regular New Hampshire hunting seasons do not apply within its borders. It is one of only two such permitted private big-game shooting preserves in the state. Saturday's incident is the only known fatality in Corbin Park's history, and is one of two hunting-related shooting fatalities in New Hampshire in the last ten years.

No further information is available at this time.

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Jan. 5, 2004 -- STATEMENT regarding Saturday's fatal hunting-related incident at Corbin Park (click here)


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