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Hunter ‘shot dead his son, 18, after mistaking him for a moose’ – News Live

Hunter ‘shot dead his son, 18, after mistaking him for a moose’ – News Live


A dad shot dead his teenage son after mistaking him for a moose during a hunting trip, police say. The suspect is said to have aimed his rifle at what he believed was a moose in the forest. But cops in the Khanty-Mansiysk district of Russia said the visibility was poor and he had actually seen his 18-year-old son moving. The traumatised dad found his child lifeless on the floor in the snowy wilderness on Thursday. Medics were unable to save him. Detectives, who have now charged the dad with causing death by negligence, said: “The hunter fired a rifle into a moving object in poor visibility, mistakenly believing that it was a moose. “Having come closer, the hunter saw that he mortally wounded his 18-year-old son.” The death happened in a remote part of Vladimir Putin’s country, some 1,800 miles east of Moscow. The Khanty-Mansiysk district, which is in oil-rich Western Siberia, is a popular area with tourists. It is a skiing and alpine skiing centre of global importance and was host to the 2015 Winter Deaflympics.

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