Somerset man charged with killing deer

January 4, 2019

A 45-year-old Somerset Township man has been charged with shooting a deer from a truck while two minors were in the vehicle.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission charged David Mitchell, Sandra Lane, on Dec. 6 with killing the animal earlier in the month.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, on Dec. 2 a game warden saw Mitchell with the freshly killed deer along Pompey Hill Road in Stonycreek Township. Mitchell allegedly shot the deer out of season with a rifle from a pickup truck using an artificial light.

The rifle was in front of a child when the deer was shot out the passenger window, according to the affidavit.

Mitchell was not supposed to have a gun due to burglary charges from 2004, state Game Warden Brian Witherite wrote in a criminal complaint.

Mitchell has been charged with second-degree felony endangering the welfare of children, felony possession of a prohibited firearm, unlawful kill, unlawful use of artificial light and five summary offenses.

There is an active warrant for Mitchell’s arrest.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the game commission southwest region office at 724-238-9523 and ask for Witherite.

An online court document did not list an attorney for Mitchell Thursday evening.

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