3 charged in Blue Springs State Park shooting
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
Two Volusia County men and a minor are facing multiple charges
stemming from an early morning illegal hunting trip in Blue Springs
State Park on Sept. 10.
After a three-week investigation, investigators with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), working with the
state attorney's office in Volusia County, filed misdemeanor
charges against Benjamin Davidson, 24, of Deland; Joshua Fancher,
18, of Orange City; and a 17-year-old male from Deland. Each is
- open carry of a firearm for an unlawful purpose;
- attempt to take alligator by unlawful method;
- hunting in a state park.
In addition to the above charges, Fancher is charged with:
- furnishing firearm to a minor.
The juvenile is also charged with:
- culpable negligence inflicting injury;
- possession of firearm by a minor.
The trio's troubles began around midnight Sept. 10, when, armed
with a .22-caliber rifle and a couple of 12-gauge shotguns, they
went hunting in Blue Springs State Park in Orange City. They came
upon an alligator and took a shot but missed. At around 2:30 a.m.,
as they walked through the early-morning dark, the minor and
Fancher stumbled into each other. The minor's rifle somehow
discharged, and two .22-caliber bullets hit Fancher in the foot.
The victim survived the shooting.
The FWC began its investigation after being notified of the
incident by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
If you know of or suspect illegal hunting, fishing, wildlife or
boating activity, please call the FWC's 24-hour Wildlife Alert
Hotline at 888-404-3922. The call is free, you may remain
anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward if your information
leads to an arrest.