Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Hunter expected to survive Saturday shooting incident

Agency: Girlfriend slips on ice, firearm goes off
Posted:  Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 3:45pm

A Sabattus man was hospitalized after being shot Saturday morning in a hunting-related incident in Topsham. Joshua Stark, 25, received a gunshot wound to the hip around 7:30 a.m.

Stark was walking a power line with three others off Cathance Road to begin hunting when Stark’s girlfriend slipped and fell on ice, discharging her shotgun. Sasha Leslie, 21, from Sabattus, was walking behind Stark along with two other men in the hunting party. The two other men in the hunting party are in their mid-20s and were not injured.

Stark was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment. He is expected to survive. Game wardens continue to investigate this incident.