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Mountain Biker Shot Dead by Hunter in French Alps

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The French town of Montriond has temporarily banned all hunting as officials investigate the gunman on suspicion of aggravated manslaughter.

Marc Sutton was riding along a popular mountain bike track Saturday evening when he was shot and killed by a hunting party, Sky News reported.

French prosecutor Philippe Toccanier told reporters the 34-year-old restaurant owner was “wearing a colored helmet and riding a colored mountain bike” at the time. He went on to say Sutton “couldn’t be confused with game” as he passed through the woods near a hunting party.

The BBC reported a 22-year-old man, believed to be responsible, was taken to a local hospital for shock. Authorities are currently investigating the man, whose identity they didn’t release, for aggravated manslaughter, according to reports.

Following the incident, Montriond Mayor Georges Lagrange imposed a temporary ban on all hunting activities in the area following public outcry, according to the French paper Le Dauphiné Libéré.

“We simply need to ask for a security buffer around areas where there are people, the risk of lost or ricochet bullet may be prevented if a sufficient distance from the bullets that go the farther is respected,” wrote one supporter of the Facebook group “Changeons Le Decret Chasse De Montriond/morzine *this Can’t Happen Again,” which pushed for the ban.

Sutton was born in Wales but ran a restaurant just a few miles from where he was killed.

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Adam Ruggiero is an all-sport activity junkie - from biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming. If it's outside, it's worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.
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