By Geoff Agombar
Local Journalism Initiative
A 44-year-old area resident passed away Sunday evening following a possible hunting accident in the Trois-Lacs area in northern Val-des-Sources.
Nov. 14 around 5 p.m., emergency services were called to a forested area on Chemin de l’Oiseau-Bleu. Sureté du Québec spokesperson Aurélie Guindon says first responders arrived to find a man gravely injured by a projectile from a firearm. The individual was transported to hospital in the region where his death was confirmed later the same evening.
Guindon qualifies the incident as a “possible hunting accident” but was not able to confirm whether the deceased was himself hunting at the time of the incident.
“We cannot confirm any hypothesis to explain this death. What we can say is that there is an investigation still in progress and that the investigation is being led by the Service des enquêtes pour les crimes contre la personne,” says Guindon. She confirms a coroner’s investigation is also underway.
SQ officers questioned three people who were nearby during the events of Sunday evening, one of whom was taken in for further questioning but is not subject to any accusations.
Trois-Lacs is located at the southern edge of Quebec’s hunting zone 7 South. Long gun
hunting is currently open for antlered whitetail deer until Nov. 21 in that zone.