Two York County men charged with assaulting game warden

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 5, 2018 5:26 PM

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This story has been updated. 

(Pottsville) -- Pennsylvania State Police say a game warden was attacked by two York County men who stole his gun and the suspects are now in custody.

Court documents say 57-year-old Wade Michael Winemiller and 57-year-old Thomas Earl Kelly Jr. have been charged with felony assault and related offenses. Police say the pair allegedly beat and stomped state Game Commission Deputy Warden David Fidler and stole his firearm on Saturday.

Officials say Fidler was dispatched to the woods of Schuylkill County on reports of a shot deer. He attempted to detain Winemiller and Kelly, who resisted and beat him.

Kelly said "I'm not talking to you," when asked for comment Wednesday. Winemiller remains in custody and he could not be reached for comment.

The two are scheduled for separate preliminary hearings next week.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Norwegian Township) -- State police have arrested two York County men who they say attacked a Pennsylvania Game Commission officer who was investigating a possible hunting violation in Schuylkill County.

Wade Winemiller of Wrightsville and Thomas Kelly Jr. of Stewartstown are facing felony assault charges among other offenses in connection with the attack Saturday morning.

Deputy Warden David Fidler had responded to a forested area in Norwegian Township when he encountered the 57-year-old men on ATVs.

Authorities say a fight broke out between the three, and Fidler fired a shot from his handgun

Fidler was later treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Kelly declined to comment Tuesday.

It is unclear is Winemiller has retained an attorney, and he could not be reached for comment.

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