A British man was shot after allegedly mistaken for a boar by a hunter outside his French home.
Morgan Keane, 25, is believed to have died instantly when he was shot in the remote hamlet of La Garrigue, near Calvignac and north of Toulouse.
An unnamed Frenchman, aged 33, was taken into custody after the tragedy on Wednesday afternoon and is now charged with manslaughter.
An investigation source said: “It happened while a boar hunt was running along the edge of the village just before 5:00 PM on Wednesday.
The victim was chopping wood outside his house when a stray bullet hit him.
“The emergency services arrived shortly after, but they discovered that the young man had died on the spot.”
The shooter, who was from Montbazens, had not drunk alcohol and was said to be “hurt by what happened”.
He also had a hunting license and was in an organized shoot, the source added.
A spokesman for the Cahors Public Prosecution Service confirmed that it has since “launched an investigation into manslaughter”.
Mr. Keane had lived in the village for a number of years as part of a British expat family, including his brother.
Mr. Keane’s both parents had passed away in recent years, leaving him and his younger brother living in the house.
“He had been very close to his parents,” said Lilliane, a friend in nearby Cajarc who was interviewed by the La Depeche news outlet.
Lilliane, who asked to be identified by her first name only, said, “He took care of his mother and stayed at his father’s bedside and watched over him to the end.”
Lilliane, who runs a pottery workshop and is originally from South Africa, described Mr. Keane as an enthusiastic musician who was creative and generous.
Gavin, her husband, said, “Morgan was always helpful. When he agreed and when help was asked to restore a building on a building site, he was always there.”
A neighbor added: “They are friendly, nice guys. Everyone is in shock – this is a terrible tragedy.”
Didier Burg, the mayor of La Garrigue, said Mr. Keane “lived with his brother and was a quiet and very nice boy”.
In response to the “terrible accident”, André Manié, the president of the Federation of Hunters of the Lot department, offered his “sincere condolences” to the family of the victim.
Mr Manié said his organization would “redouble its efforts towards better training and safer hunting practices”.
The incident came the day after another French fighter was sentenced to a year in prison for accidentally murdering a British man two years ago.
Marc Sutton, 34, and from Wales, was fatally shot with a rifle in 2018 while cycling a popular route in the French Alps.
Lucas Clerc, a 24-year-old hunter, was convicted Tuesday after admitting firing the deadly shot, which he said was intended for a wild boar.
Clerc was sentenced to a total of four years, three of them on probation, and was denied possession of a firearm for five years and no hunting for ten years.
Two other hunters were also given suspended sentences of six to 18 months for concealing evidence.
Mr. Sutton lived with partner Jo Watts in the Haute-Savoie region of France for four years before his assassination on October 13, 2018.
The couple were known locally as the owners of two restaurants, one of which was vegetarian.
An investigation showed that Mr. Sutton was wearing high-visibility clothing and visibility was good at the time he was shot.