Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) deputies are investigating a potential hunting incident involving a fatality on Dec. 6 in Tangipahoa Parish.
LDWF agents and TPSO deputies responded to a 911 call concerning the fatal shooting of Joseph H. Stevens Jr., 33, of Hammond around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.
Stevens and Stacey M. Trapp, 37, of Loranger, were hunting together on some property near 55202 Hwy. 1062 in Loranger. The two had been hunting about an hour when they decided to go home.
According to Trapp, as the two walked back to their vehicles they came upon a net wire fence. As they walked along the fence looking for an easier crossing point Trapp walked in front of Stevens.
Trapp then squatted down to go under some bushes with his .270 caliber bolt action rifle slung onto his right shoulder. As he squatted down his rifle went off with the bullet fatally striking Stevens. Trapp then called 911 for help.
Investigators believe that Stevens was killed instantly and do not suspect foul play at this time. Stevens’ body was turned over to the Tangipahoa Coroner’s Office.
LDWF advises hunters to utilize basic hunting safety procedures when going to and from their hunting locations, which includes having the gun on safe and no bullets or shells in the chamber.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.