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Authorities: Pick-up shot after hunter allegedly mistakes it for deer

A brown-colored pick-up was allegedly shot by a hunter in North Harmony Friday who thought it was a deer, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

Robert Merritt of Springboro, Penn., called 911 to report that a bullet hit his truck as they traveled on an access road to the Wiltsie Road State Lands, the Sheriff's Office said.

The incident happened at 11:10 a.m., the Sheriff's Office said.

An investigation by the Sheriff's Office and Department of Environmental Conservation police led to the arrest of Marvin C. Miller of Middlefield, Ohio, the Sheriff's Office said. Miller was arraigned in the Town of Sherman on charges of discharging a firearm across a public roadway and second-degree reckless endangerment, the Sheriff's Office said.

The one round he allegedly fired from his 7 mm high-powered scoped rifle into the driver's side front fender disabled the truck, the Sheriff's Office said.

The incident came less than two days after a woman was fatally shot by a hunter who mistook her for a deer while walking her dogs in a field near her home in Sherman, about 10 miles away from North Harmony in Chautauqua County, deputies reported.

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