A 33-year-old Loranger man was fatally shot in what appears to be a hunting accident that occurred Friday near Highway 1062 in Loranger.
Joseph H. Stevens Jr.’s body has been turned over to the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office, authorities said.
Stevens and Stacey M. Trapp, 37, also of Loranger, hunted on property near 55202 Highway 1062 and decided to head back to their vehicles around 2:30 p.m.
Trapp told law enforcers they searched for an easier crossing point after coming across a net wire fence.
Trapp decided to crawl under some bushes with his .270 caliber bolt-action rifle slung around his right shoulder. His rifle went off as he squatted down, Trapp said, and a bullet struck Stevens.
Trapp called 911 for help.
“Investigators believe that Stevens was killed instantly and do not suspect foul play at this time,” Wildlife and Fisheries stated in a statement issued Saturday.