Shooting Victim Describes His Ordeal

Jonathan Way, who was shot by mistake by a hunter earlier this week, is one of the premier researchers on coyotes in this region.

Jonathan Way, who was shot by mistake by a hunter earlier this week, is one of the premier researchers on coyotes in this region.

BARNSTABLE – The jogger who was shot by a hunter on Monday said he is glad to have survived the experience.

Jonathan Way of Osterville was jogging with his dog off Mary Dunn Road near the back of the Barnstable Municipal Airport when he was struck by two shots fired by Sean Houle, 47.

Way said he and his dog go to exercise in that conservation area about once a week. They were jogging at dusk. Hunting is not allowed after sunset, which was at 4:10 that afternoon.

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Jonathan Way with his son, Nate, and his dog, Rescue. His dog was with him jogging when he was shot Monday afternoon by a hunter mistaking him for a deer.

Jonathan Way with his son, Nate, and his dog, Rescue. His dog was with him jogging when he was shot Monday afternoon by a hunter mistaking him for a deer.

“We left at dusk so it was dark when the incident happened. It’s a very remote area. There’s not a lot of people kind of in the back of part of that Hyannis airport. There’s not a lot of access unless you jog or hike quite a distance,” he said.

After he was shot in the hand and on the back, Way began yelling at the hunter to stop firing and hid behind a tree.

“When I heard that gunshot, I jumped to the ground,” he said.

Way said Houle came over and helped him out of the woods. It took the two men about a half hour to get out of the woods, Way said.

Houle is facing several charges, including possession of an unlicensed firearm. He being held on $4,000 bail. The case is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on December 17.

Way said doctors expect him to make a full recovery.