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Illegal Hunting Leads To Manilla Man's Arrest

Last updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

(MANILLA) - Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a case of illegal hunting that took place in rural Rush County that lead to the arrest of a Manilla man.

Authorities received a call for shots fired at approximately 10:40 PM on Monday night. Rush County deputies responded to the area of County Road 650 South and Angling Road to investigate the complaint.

Deputies were able to obtain witness statements that led them to the residence of Jacob W. Tillison, 20 of Manilla.

It was determined that the complaint was related to Tillison unlawfully taking a coyote earlier in the night. Indiana Conservation Officer Ted Stine arrived at the address and began to question Tillison about the shooting.

Tillison provided officers with a Winchester 30/30 rifle he had allegedly used. Tillison also agreed to show officers where the shooting had taken place.

Once back at the scene, Officer Stine deployed his K9 partner ADDi who quickly located where the animal had been shot and an unfired .223 round.

When confronted about the unfired round, Tillison admitted that he had used his semi-automatic rifle and not the Winchester 30/30. When asked about the false information given, Tillison stated that he did not want to lose his semi-automatic rifle.

After conclusion of the search, Tillison was arrested and booked into the Rush County jail for "Obstruction of Justice."

He faces numerous fish and wildlife charges that may include hunting coyotes out of season, hunting by the aid of a motor vehicle, hunting without a valid license and hunting without consent of the landowner.

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