Authorities in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong Thursday arrested a local man for allegedly shooting his fellow hunter to death after mistaking him for a wild monkey.
Nong Duc Cuong of Dak Song District told the police he and the victim, Hoang Minh Trung, 34, a police officer in Gia Nghia town, went hunting together in a local forest Tuesday.
They separated to look for prey.
After a while Cuong saw something vague inside a bush, and fired several shots at it thinking it was a monkey.
But then he found out it was his hunting buddy.
The police said they are investigating the case, adding that four illegal hunting guns were found in Cuong’s house.
Private firearm ownership is a crime in Vietnam but some people have homemade guns, mostly for hunting but also for criminal activities.
It is not clear if the two men were hunting in a permitted area.
Last May police in Nghe An Province arrested a man after he too allegedly mistook another hunter for a monkey and shot him dead.