TANGIPAHOA PARISH - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating a hunting fatalality in Tangipahoa Parish.
The incident happened on Friday at around 2:30pm. LDWF agents and Tangipahoa Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about a fatal shooting on property near the 55000 block of Highway 1062 in Loranger, La.
LDWF identified the victim as 33-year-old Joseph H. Stevens, Jr., of Hammond.
LDWF says two people were returning from hunting when they crossed paths with Stevens at a wire fence. One of the hunters had a rifle slung over their shoulder. As they squatted down to go under some bushes, the rifle went off and a bullet struck Stevens.
LDWF says investigators believe that Stevens was killed instantly. They do not suspect foul play at this time.
The Tangipahoa Coroner will conduct an autopsy.