John Bergeron was hunting at dusk in an area that he had seen deer earlier in the day. Cheryl Blair was walking her two dogs around 5 pm in this area as well. Bergeron and Blair are neighbors in Norton, Massachusetts. Bergeron saw something and believed he saw a deer's tail, so he shot. Blair was struck by one shot from a black powder rifle. Bergeron called 911 and started doing what he could to help Blair before the emergency personnel arrived.
Bergeron is a state trooper, however he will not face any consequences from work as this was on his free time, and an accident. The incident had nothing to do with his job responsibilities.
Blair has a fractured pelvis and is in the hospital recuperating. Her husband who is a hunter as well is questioning Bergeron's shooting target identification though. One needs to be sure of their target before shooting and obviously Bergeron was not in this case. Bergeron was licensed and the shooting happened within the 30 minutes after sunset timeframe. He does not face any charges at this time, but the investigation continues. From The Washington Post  and Boston.com .