A British man has been shot dead after allegedly being mistaken for boar by a hunter outside his French home.
Morgan Keane, 25, is thought to have died instantly when he was shot in the isolated hamlet of La Garrigue, near Calvignac, and north of Toulouse
An unnamed Frenchman, aged 33, was taken into custody following the tragedy on Wednesday afternoon, and he now faces manslaughter charges.
An investigating source said: “It happened while a boar hunt was passing by the edge of the village just before 5pm on Wednesday.
“The victim was chopping wood outside his home when a stray bullet hit him.
“The emergency services arrived soon afterwards, but they found that the young man had died on the spot.”
The gunman, who came from Montbazens, had not been drinking alcohol, and was said to be “mortified by what happened”.
He also had a hunting licence, and was in an organised shoot, the source added.
A spokesman for the Cahors Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that it has since “launched an enquiry for manslaughter”.
Mr Keane had lived in the village for a number of years as part of a British expat family who included his brother after leaving their home town of Church Village in South Wales.
Both Mr Keane’s parents had died over the past few 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 interviewed by La Depeche news outlet.
Lilliane, who asked to be identified solely by her first name, said: “He cared for his mother, and stayed at his father’s bedside and watched over him until the end.”
Lilliane, who runs a pottery shop and is originally from South Africa, described Mr Keane as a keen musician, who was creative and generous.
Gavin, her husband, said: “Morgan was always helpful. When he agreed to on and when asked for help on a job site, restoring a building, he was always there.”
A neighbour added: “They are friendly, nice boys. Everybody is in a state of 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 youngster”.
Reacting 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 organisation would “redouble its efforts for better training and safer hunting practices”.
The incident came the day after another French hunter was jailed for a year for accidentally killing a Welshman two years ago.
Marc Sutton, 34, also originally from Wales, was fatally shot with a rifle while cycling down a popular route in the French Alps in 2018.
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