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Man charged for shooting fellow hunter

TT/Rebecca Martin · 9 Aug 2011, 16:02

Published: 09 Aug 2011 16:02 GMT+02:00

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The accident, which occurred in connection with last year’s hunting season, took place near a hunting shelter in Norrtannflo, outside of Sollefteå in northern Sweden.

At the time of the shooting, three hunters were in the vicinity of the shelter, two outside and one inside.

One of the hunters fired a practice shot at a target and, for reasons that remain unclear, a third person walked into the line of fire and was hit.

When police and an ambulance arrived on the scene at 5.22pm the victim, a 62-year-old man from Härnösand, was pronounced dead.

“It is fairly safe to say that he died at once,” said Börje Öhman of the local police.

According to the prosecution the hunter is guilty of aggravated manslaughter, as he has fired his rifle without making absolutely sure that no one was at risk.

He had been standing behind the open cottage door, firing a shot straight over the courtyard. This he did despite poor visibility and in the knowledge that his two hunting colleagues were still outside.

The man was also under the influence of alcohol when he pulled the trigger.

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Christina Nilson-Dag of the Swedish Hunters’ Association (Svenska Jägarförbundet) said at the time of the incident that fatal hunting accidents are extremely rare in Sweden.

“We have 300,000 hunters in the country so it’s a very safe recreational activity. Driving to and from a hunt in a vehicle is probably more dangerous than the hunting itself,” Nilsson-Dag told TT.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

20:45 August 9, 2011 by johan rebel
Wow, it took the prosecution service almost a whole year to bring charges?

How long would they have dallied if it had been a genuinely complicated case?
21:56 August 9, 2011 by BillyB
kind of ironic isnt it...dont you think????
23:55 August 9, 2011 by A. Jarnstedt
It's obvious that drinking and using lethal weapons doesn't mix! I wonder if there are any laws concerning drinking while hunting in Sweden?

One year is not at all that unusual for a case to come to trial, in fact, that's quite fast!

If hunting related-accidents in Sweden are anything like in the US, not ALL are reported as such - many are categorized differently, making hunting appear to be safer than it really is.

When it comes to fatalities, it benefits hunters to report them as such because the punishments don't fit the crime - they are far more lax than had they not been hunting-related!
10:32 August 10, 2011 by Åskar
"Sollefteå in northern Sweden."???

It's about as in the middle as you can get it on a North-South line.
13:36 August 10, 2011 by Redbee
Perhaps it was karma ,what goes around comes around ,one up to the animals
14:32 August 10, 2011 by rohermoker
Gun powder and booze are always a problem. In Minnesota we usually get about 50,000 hunters durring an average hunting season for all game from September to the end February, with about 5 to 10 fatal firearm accidents. That said there usally that many in 2 weeks in the city of Minneapolis, but those shootings are on perpose
17:27 August 10, 2011 by A. Jarnstedt
As I understand it, there is a big difference between hunting in Sweden and hunting in the US. In the US, much of the hunting is done on public land, hunting on private property with a permit - and I don't mean huge tracts of private property - small acreages! Every state has different hunting laws and regulations. In Sweden, it is almost or all on large pivate estates, isn't it? Depending on what part of the US, drinking and hunting is more prevalent in some areas than others...very rural areas, mostly in the South and Midwest, a bunch of redneck hunters with their six-packs of beer and a jolly good time - but not for the animals! With bowhunting, for example, there's a 50-55% wounding rate, with animals never retrieved! There's an average of 10% wounding rate and no retrieval with firearm hunting. Fatalities occur widely with youth hunting; insome state kids a young as young as 6 yrs. old are allowed to hunt when accomapnied by an adult. Adults kill children (sometimes their own kids), kids kill one another or adults! Remember VP Cheney, shooting a fellow hunter, a lawyer, in the face? All one has to do is Google Hunting Accidents, which I receive every day, and the numbers are appaling!
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