Georgia hunter charged with shooting teen he mistook as deer

October 09, 2019 - 7:08 am

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia have charged a man accused of fatally shooting a teenager he mistook as a deer while they were illegally hunting.

The Brunswick News reports 32-year-old Hector Romero-Hernandez and 17-year-old Bobby Lee Lane were hunting out of season last month when Romero-Hernandez shot Lane, believing he'd seen a deer in the woods. A police report obtained by the outlet says Romero-Hernandez told officers he heard rustling and shot at a branch that he thought was a deer's horns. He fatally struck Lane in a nearby tree stand.

Romero-Hernandez is charged with misuse of a firearm resulting in serious bodily harm as well as hunting with an unlawful weapon and two license violations.

Natural Resources Law Enforcement Capt. Chris Hodge says the investigation is ongoing.

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Information from: The News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com

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