December 30, 2013

Off-duty game warden shot in East Texas

An off-duty Texas game warden was bow hunting Sunday evening when he was shot in Delta County in East Texas, authorities said.

A Texas game warden was in intensive care Monday at a Dallas hospital after he was shot during the weekend while bow hunting, officials said.

Game Warden Chris Fried, who has been with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for four years, was shot in the upper arm Sunday evening while off duty with the bullet lodging in his chest, department spokesman Mike Cox said in an email Monday.

Fried was in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Fried was shot shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Cooper Wildlife Management Area near Sulphur Springs in Delta County. The county is about 115 miles northeast of Fort Worth.

“He was able to use his cellphone to call for help,” Cox said the email. “A TPWD wildlife biologist reached him first, did what he could do to help him, and then went to additional help.”

Fried was first taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs, then to Parkland in Dallas late Sunday.

Fried, who is based in Delta County, was hunting in the 14,000 acre site which is open for archery-only whitetail deer hunting. The area is for licensed hunters with a TPWD public hunting permit.

The shooting is being investigated by officials with TPWD’s internal affairs and game wardens assigned to the department’s criminal investigation division as well as the Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers.

A game warden forensic team was at the site Monday, gathering evidence.

No other details about the shooting were available early Monday afternoon. No arrests have been made.

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