A Citronelle man was killed this morning in what police described as a hunting accident just east of the city, Police Chief Shane Stringer said.
The victim was identified as Adam Chestang, who Stringer said was born in 1961.
Stringer said that police got the call about the shooting shortly after 9:40 a.m. in a wooded area near Coy Smith Highway and Meinhardt Loop, which is about a quarter mile outside the eastern city limits of Citronelle.
He said that police and Mobile County Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived but were unable to revive Chestang, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chestang had been shot once with a 7 mm rifle, Stringer said.
He added that the investigation into the death revealed that a member of Chestang’s hunting party fired the fatal shot, which Stringer described as a “tragic accident.”
The shooting took place on a weekend of increased deer hunting activity, with the deer season set to end Tuesday.
Meinhardt Loop Road runs north off and loops back to Coy Smith Highway, the main road between Citronelle and Mount Vernon in far north Mobile County.
Stringer said that the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the state game warden’s office assisted in the investigation.