Hunting bullet shoots moving car in central France

Police reminded hunters of the need to respect security measures after a car was accidentally shot

A driver and passenger who narrowly missed being shot in the head when a hunting bullet pierced through their car in a forest in central France have made a formal complaint to local police.

The accident happened on Sunday November 3. As the vehicle was driving through the Poinçonnet forest, near Châteauroux (Indre, Centre-Val de Loire), a stray bullet was shot through a window.

It smashed the glass, before piercing the driver and passenger headrests, and coming to a stop in the car’s interior bodywork.

Both driver and passenger were shocked, and went to the police station in Châteauroux to report the incident. When it emerged that a hunt had been taking place in the Poinçonnet forest at the time, the duo decided to make an official complaint.

Police have since reminded hunters of the importance of respecting hunting security measures, and to always stick to the agreed plan and geographical area confirmed before the hunt begins.

The news comes soon after one hunter was accidentally killed by his own gun during a shoot in the Cher department, on Sunday October 27.

French national hunting association La Fédération de Chasse, which has 11,000 members in the Indre department, has recently said that from 2020, anyone with a hunting permit will now be required to take mandatory safety training every 10 years in order to keep their licence.

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