Hunter takes bullet meant for boar

A 71-year-old hunter has been shot dead while helping flush out game, police in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said on Wednesday evening.

Hunter takes bullet meant for boar
Photo: DPA

The ageing hunter was standing in line with four other men when he was hit by a bullet meant for a wild boar near Imsweiler in Donnersbergkreis county.

The police believe another 61-year-old hunter fired a first shot as the pig was running across an open field.

“Apparently he fired his weapon again as the animal was fleeing into the forest,” a police statement said. “But he hit the other hunter who was standing around 80 metres away.”

The injured hunter died at the scene. Police have opened a criminal investigation.

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