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Update in hunting incident that involved Greene County Jail Lieutenant

Dec 02, 2010 6:59 pm
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Greenville Mountain View Pioneer cover 120310"][/caption]Greene County Jail Lt. Kenneth Leis and Robert Warrings, the man the officer shot in the backpack while both were hunting Nov. 20, "were closely acquainted prior to the incident," according to sources of Andrea Macko in the new Greenville Mountain View Pioneer, which broke the story originally and has no website. So here is the sequence of events that Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley tells Macko requires no investigation "that would pertain to the Sheriff's Office or his course of work":

Robert Warrings is hunting on Blackhead Mountain in Cairo on opening day of bear and deer season, when he shot a bear, presumably making a loud noise. While tracking the bear he was shot by trained lawman Leis, someone who knew Warrings well (both live in the Town of Cairo, according to the Pioneer). Leis hit Warrings in his backpack, which stopped the bullet, while other shots whizzed past Warrings' head. Leis claims he was shooting at a fisher cat, which is legal to trap but not shoot. Warrings told investigators he confronted Leis following the incident, according to the Pioneer. Department of Environmental Conservation spokesperson Maureen Wren tells Macko the DEC is conducting an investigation. Seeley says the Sheriff is not investigating anything regarding this case. The Daily Mail reports Seeley said Leis was promoted to jail lieutenant about five months ago.
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