Electronic scope shows shocking moment hunter shoots jogger, 75, after ‘mistaking him for a DEER’ – as Swedish police charge him with attempted murder
- The hunter, 48, says he shot Olle Rosdahl, 75, by accident in November 2018
- After viewing footage of the incident police refused to believe his story
- Mr Rosdahl survived as the bullet went though his body missing all vital organs
A hunter who accidentally shot a jogger out for a morning run because he thought he was a deer has been charged with attempted murder in Sweden.
The 48-year-old man, whose name has not been released, told police he shot Olle Rosdahl, 75, by accident in the town of Klippan in southern Sweden’s Skane County.
But the authorities, who have just released the video recorded by the gun’s electronic sights, say it was obvious his target was a human being when he shot the jogger from a distance of 558ft in November 2018.
This was the view through the infrared sights of the gun of a hunter as he accidentally shoots a 75-year-old jogger out for an early morning run
Mr Rosdahl, who had been enjoying a morning run around 4.30am near his home, said: ‘I heard a blast and fell to the ground. I was shrieking: “What the hell kind of shooting is that?”
‘The shot went straight through me and if it had been two centimetres higher I would not have survived.’
Mr Rosdahl was severely injured but managed to reach a neighbour a few hundred metres away, where he received help. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
The bullet had gone straight through his side without any vital organs being damaged.
The video shared by the Swedish cops shows the hunter who aims at the black figure who buckles as the shot hits
The Norwegian gunman, who was reportedly visiting Sweden to hunt deer, wild boar and fox, was arrested later that day. He insists the shooting was an unfortunate accident.
But, after viewing the video footage – which shows the hunter aiming at a figure who buckles over as the shot hits its target – police refused to believe his story and charged him with attempted murder.
Olle Rosdahl, a 75-year-old jogger who was shot while enjoying his morning run around 4:30am near his home in Klippan, Sweden
Prosecutor Ola Lavie told local media: ‘The evidence to a large extent consists of the film which shows what he was shooting at.
‘If you look at the film, for me, it is obvious he is shooting a human being. I believe from the film it’s clear this is an intentional shooting.’
However police have reportedly acknowledged that they have been unable to come up with a possible motive for him shooting the jogger intentionally.
Ms Lavie added: ‘Rosdahl has no issues with anyone. He lives in the area and has no idea why anyone would want to shoot him.’
J. Andres Concha, the hunter’s lawyer, told local media: ‘He denies everything. It was a pure hunting accident and there was no intention of killing.’
Prosecutors also say the Norwegian hunted deer and fox at night several times during the autumn, which is forbidden in Sweden.
He also allegedly used illegal ammunition and infrared sights which also require special permission.
It is unclear if the suspect regularly recorded his hunting exploits.
The bullet wound suffered by Mr Rosdahl. He is lucky to be alive after the bullet went straight through the side of his body without touching any major organs