Off-duty game warden shot while hunting in Delta County

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AUSTIN - An off-duty Texas game warden was wounded over the weekend while bow hunting in Delta County.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday on Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Officials said Game Warden Chris Fried, 31, of Cooper, suffered a gunshot wound to the upper right arm and the bullet lodged in his chest. He was able to use his cell phone to call for help.

Officials said Fried is in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Dallas's Parkland Hospital. He was first transported to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulfur Springs.

Authorities said the incident is being investigated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Internal Affairs and game wardens assigned to the Department's Criminal Investigation Division, as well as the Delta County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers.

Fried has been a game warden since June 2009.

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