14/08/2014 16:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Distraught Teen Killed Himself After Accidentally Shooting Dad On Hunting Trip

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A 14-year-old boy on a hunting trip accidentally shot his dad and was so distraught he turned the gun on himself.

The pair had been enjoying a father-and-son day out, hunting in Sourribes, in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence in France, when the teenager slipped on leaves and pulled the trigger, shooting his 42-year-old dad in the legs.

The boy called a member of his family who alerted emergency services but when he realised his father had died, the teen turned the gun on himself.

Rescuers found father and son lying side-by-side.

According to The Telegraph, Stéphane Kellenberger, prosecutor, said: "It's a hunting accident caused unintentionally by the boy who, realising the irreversible consequences [of his action], turned the weapon on himself and killed himself."

Max Isoard, the president of the hunters of Haute-Provence, said unfortunately in this case a gun ended up in the hands of a child when you need to be at least 15 years old to hunt with an adult and hold a special permit.