Hunting Accident Wasn’t Cheney’s First


Years before Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a lawyer during a Texas quail hunt, Cheney himself was on the receiving end of an errant shotgun blast, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Carlsbad, N.M., Mayor Bob Forrest said he doesn’t know for certain if he or his twin brother, Dick Forrest, fired the shot during the hunting trip in the late 1990s. It accidentally pelted Cheney, who was then chief executive at Halliburton Co. “We’re probably the only twins in the United States that have shot the vice president and never have gone to jail,” Forrest said.

Cheney wasn’t hurt but he was miffed. “He said, ‘You guys watch where you’re shooting!’ He was very offended,” Forrest said. The hunting group included the Forrest twins, Cheney and Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. They were hunting on a southern New Mexico ranch owned by the late Colin McMillan, an assistant secretary of defense under President George H.W. Bush, Forrest said. Cheney’s office did not return calls for comment. During a Feb. 11 hunting trip in Texas Cheney accidentally peppered lawyer Harry Whittington in the torso, neck and face with up to 200 shotgun pellets.


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