Brit expat shot dead as ‘mortified’ French hunter ‘mistakes him for wild boar’

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A 25-year-old Brit expat has been shot dead after reportedly being mistaken for a wild boar by a hunter outside his French home.

Morgan Keane, 25, is believed to have died instantly when he was shot by an as-yet-unnamed hunter, reported to be 33 years old, in the isolated hamlet of La Garrigue, near Calvignac, and north of Toulouse.

The unnamed Frenchman, who was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon in the wake of the tragic incident, now faces manslaughter charges.

An investigating source told the Mirror : "It happened while a boar hunt was passing by the edge of the village just before 5pm on Wednesday.

"The victim was chopping wood outside his home when a stray bullet hit him.

"The emergency services arrived soon afterwards, but they found that the young man had died on the spot."

The gunman, who is reportedly from Montbazens, had not been drinking alcohol, and was said to be "mortified by what happened".

He also had a hunting licence, and was in an organised shoot, the source added.

A spokesman for the Cahors Public Prosecutor's Office confirmed that it has since "launched an enquiry for manslaughter".

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Mr Keane had lived in the village for a number of years as part of a British expat family who included his brother.

Both Mr Keane’s parents had died over the past few years, leaving him and his younger brother living in the house.

"He had been very close to his parents," said Lilliane, a friend in nearby Cajarc interviewed by La Depeche news outlet.

Lilliane, who asked to be identified solely by her first name, said: "He cared for his mother, and stayed at his father’s bedside and watched over him until the end."

Lilliane, who runs a pottery shop and is originally from South Africa, described Mr Keane as a keen musician, who was creative and generous.

Gavin, her husband, said: "Morgan was always helpful. When he agreed to on and when asked for help on a job site, restoring a building, he was always there."

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