PA Bear Hunter Shot, Homeowner Killed

PA Game Commission, Bear Hunting Magazine

It seems that an argument over trespassing Tuesday, November 24th apparently sparked a shoot-out in rural northern Pennsylvania that left a landowner dead and a member of a bear-hunting party with a gunshot wound, police said.

Investigators are still sorting out the details of the incident near Summerville, but charges are expected, said Trooper Bruce Morris. He said at least four shots were fired. "From what side to who, who shot first, they're going through that process to try to determine it," he said.

Frank N. Shaffer, 63, of Red Lion, was killed after he apparently confronted a group of four to five bear hunters about trespassing on land he owns with other family members. Paul H. Plyler, 23, of Summerville, was shot once and taken by a private vehicle to a local hospital.

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