A 26-year-old man in Balsfjord, Northern Norway, was shot and killed while apparently out fox hunting Tuesday evening. Police have charged a 41-year-old man, who also was fox hunting, with negligent homicide.
The 41-year-old told police he thought he was alone when he went fox hunting at Stormoen in Balsfjord, Troms County. “According to his own statements, he caused the death of the 26-year-old in a hunting accident in which his rifle shot hit the man when he meant to shoot a fox,” police inspector Einar Sparboe Lysnes told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
The 41-year-old called police himself. Ambulance personnel declared 26-year-old Mads Håvard Larsen from Storsteinnes in Balfjord dead at the scene.
“We still have a lot of investigating to do,” Lysnes told NRK. “There are details in the case we don’t want to release, but we think we have a good picture of what happened.”
Ottar Remmen from Nordreisa in Troms, who conducts courses for local youth who want to learn fox hunting, called the accident “tragic” but noted that “unfortunately accidents can occur when weapons are involved, even though they’re not supposed to.”