Marathon man charged with assault, reckless endangerment in hunting incident

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Marathon man has been arrested in connection with an incident that occurred earlier this month in which a man who was hunting was shot by another man who was hunting in the same area.

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Michael J. Quail

Michael J. Quail

Michael J. Quail, 53, of Fish Hill Road in Marathon, has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony, and second-degree assault, also a class D felony.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, William J. Cobb, 24, was hunting in a wooded area of Route 221 in Willet when he was shot in the abdomen area by Quail, according to the Cortland County Sheriff's Department. Authorities have said the two men did not know each other and were unaware they were hunting in the same area.

Quail had been interviewed by investigators with the sheriff's department but no charges had been announced. Quail was arrested Thursday after being interviewed a second time by investigators, according to Lt. Todd Caufield.

The type of weapon used was a rifle. The sheriff's department is choosing not to disclose the caliber of the weapon at this time, Lt. Caufield said.

Quail was arraigned in Marathon Town Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Willet Town Court Dec. 23.

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