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Hunter shoots friend, 'mistaking him for wild boar'

By The Siberian Times reporter
22 October 2015

Respected wildlife expert gunned down in Omsk region tragedy.

Alexander Ilyin was shot while checking for illegal poachers. Picture: Odnoklassniki

Alexander Ilyin, 50, was checking for illegal poachers when he was gunned down. A hunter Valery Buterus, 57, owner of weapon shop 'Sniper' in Omsk, confessed to pulling the trigger, claiming that mistook Ilyin - a man he knew well - for a wild boar. 

The shot was from a distance of around 300 metres. Buterus told police that he and his son, along with a driver, were hunting in forests near Tara. 'He thought that the boar appeared in the bushes and shot. He assured the police that he clearly saw a boar, not a man,' according to one account.

Valery Buterus

Valery Buterus, 57, owner of weapon shop 'Sniper' in Omsk, confessed to pulling the trigger, claiming that mistook Ilyin for a wild boar. Picture: Odnoklassniki

On approaching to examine his prey, he saw Ilyin lying on the ground but initially 'thought he had suffered a heart attack'. The hunters and their driver rushed the wildlife expert to get medical attention but on reaching an ambulance, Ilyin died. 

The cause was later confirmed as a bullet shot close to his shoulder. A criminal case was opened on 'causing death by negligence', but the investigation continues.

Tara


Tara

Buterus told police that he and his son, along with a driver, were hunting in forests near the town of Tara, Omsk region. Pictures: The Siberian Times, Panoramio

Ilyin had been seeking to identify poachers when he was shot but it was established that Buterus had a hunting license for  shooting both boars and bears. They also had gun licenses. 

It was confirmed that Buterus knew Ilyin 'rather well and they had a good relationship'. Accounts said that initially the hunter's son had taken responsibility for the fatal shot but later Buterus senior 'confessed' that he had pulled the trigger. 

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Comments (2)

The story smells fishy, let go Mr Butcherus mistook Ilyin for a "boar", but how can someone in the first place start think of a heart attack as if a boar and Ilyin would have appeared at the same place and time right in the middle of nowhere. Also, who claimed they knew each other "rather well and they had a good relationship", let's hope it was just an accident
Koskenkorva, Talvisota
27/10/2015 11:58
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maybe they should make it a law that people wear orange vests so they can be better seen? it is already in quite a few parts of the EU.
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
23/10/2015 11:10
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