A Clarks Summit man was charged with two separate accounts of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangering another person, after firing a shotgun at a local hunter, according to a Pa. State Police (PSP) report.
According to the report, Joseph James Taft, 22, of Clarks Summit, confessed to firing the shot at Henry Krieg, 41, of Scranton who he said he was mad at him because he was hunting 'Their Deer'.
The report states on Nov. 10 at 7:30 a.m. The Pa. State Police in Dunmore received a phone call from Krieg, who informed them he was hunting at 2651 Ransom Rd, Ransom Twp, when he was shot by the adjacent property owner with a shotgun, causing a minor facial injury. He was still still hiding in the woods, as the shooter was still in the area.
Upon PSP members' arrival Krieg was located in the woods near where he was shot and was bleeding from a pellet wound on his face, according to the report. Krieg related before he was shot the adjacent property owner started to bang pots and make noise. Krieg related that the neighbor's son, Joseph James Taft, then came out of the house with a shotgun. Krieg related that Taft walked to the tree line and pointed the shotgun in his direction and fired one shot. Taft was later identified by Krieg as the shooter. Taft was taken into custody and subsequently confessed to firing the shot at Krieg.
At the time of the report, Taft was waiting for arraignment by the on duty magistrate.