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Hammond man fatally shot while on hunting trip

HAMMOND, La. - Police are investigating the death of a man who was shot on a hunting trip.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's office responded to the call of a fatal shooting around 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Joseph H. Stevens Jr., 33, was killed in what is believed to be an accidental shooting while on a hunting trip with Stacey M. Trapp, 37.

According to Trapp, as the two walked back to their cars and came across a net-wire fence. As they walked along the fence searching for an easier way through Trapp squatted down to go under some bushes with his rifle slung over his shoulder when the weapon accidentally fired and fatally shot Stevens. Trapp then called 911 for help.

Investigators do not suspect foul play at this time.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries advises hunters to use basic hunting safety procedures while going to and from hunting locations, including keeping the gun on safe and not having any bullets or shells in the chamber.

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