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Georgia hunter charged after fatally shooting teen he mistook as deer

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Posted at 7:42 AM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 07:44:00-04

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man is accused of fatally shooting a teenager he mistook for a deer while they were hunting illegally.

The Brunswick News reports 32-year-old Hector Romero-Hernandez and 17-year-old Bobby Lee Lane were hunting out of season last month when Romero-Hernandez said he thought he'd seen a deer in the woods. He told Glynn County Police he heard rustling and shot at a branch that he thought was a deer's horns. Lane was hit in a nearby tree stand.

Natural Resources Law Enforcement Capt. Chris Hodge says the investigation is ongoing.

Romero-Hernandez was charged with misuse of a firearm resulting in serious bodily harm as well as hunting with an unlawful weapon and two license violations.