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Shot man was mistaken for a bear

A member of the US Marine Corps Reserves has been shot and killed in Oregon after authorities say a hunter mistook him for a bear.

Christopher Ochoa, 20, and a friend were hiking through a field in Western Oregon on the way to Silver Creek Falls Park on Friday evening. Mr Ochoa was wearing dark-coloured clothing.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office says a 67-year-old Oregon man hunting for bear with his 12-year-old grandson saw something moving in the brush and fired one shot from a .270-calibre rifle.

The sheriff's office says the hunter, Gene Collier, hasn't been charged, but turned the case over to the local district attorney's office.

Ochoa was alive when deputies arrived, but died at the scene.


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