CITRONELLE, Alabama -- 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.
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