Boy kills father in accident, then takes own life
France is in shock after a 14-year-old boy mistakenly shot his father dead while out hunting then turned the gun on himself in despair and committed suicide, writes Henry Samuel.
The father and son had been hunting on Saturday in Sourribes when the boy slipped on leaves, accidentally pulling the trigger, police said. The bullet struck his 42-year-old father in the legs. The distraught teenager contacted a family member who alerted emergency services, but the father died before paramedics arrived.
When he realised he had killed his father, the boy then committed suicide.
"It's a hunting accident caused unintentionally by the boy who, realising the irreversible consequences [of his action], turned the weapon on himself," said prosecutor Stephane Kellenberger. (© Daily Telegraph, London)