AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden who was illegally hunting when he was shot in 2013 was allowed to keep his job and face only a fine rather than felony charges.
The Austin American Statesman reports that off-duty Game Warden Chris Fried was bow hunting without a permit when he was shot in December 2013.
Friend had also hunted without permits at least three times during the 2013-2014 license year.
Instead of facing felony charges or dismissal upon his shooting, though, Friend got an $800 ticket.
That's because a Parks and Wildlife Department-led investigation found that Friend transitioned "into a game warden law enforcement mode" just before he was shot.