Man pleads in accidental shooting of wife

The Ottawa County courthouse in Grand Haven.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) – A man has entered a guilty plea in the shooting of his wife, who he accidentally shot while he was hunting rabbit.

Luke Busscher pleaded guilty Tuesday in Ottawa County Circuit Court to careless discharge of a firearm resulting in injury or death, and lesser charges of trespassing, hunting game without a license, wildlife conservation and failure to wear hunter orange. The charge of taking game will be dismissed.

In January, Busscher and his wife, Emily Busscher, were out hunting in the area of Byron Road and 16th Avenue in Jamestown Township, police said. Luke Busscher shot at a rabbit — not realizing where his wife was — and hit her.

Emily Busscher was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to Spectrum Health Butterworth in Grand Rapids. Police were called to investigate the situation.

Emily Busscher is also facing misdemeanor charges in the case, including failure to wear hunter orange and trespassing. Her trial is scheduled for July 3 in Hudsonville District Court.

The sentencing for Luke Busscher is scheduled for June 30.

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