The accident occurred Saturday evening, near Morzine en Chablais, in the Haute-Savoie. A mountain biker, aged 34, was hit by a bullet while riding on a trail at the edge of the forest.
The hunting association of Montriond en Chablais, in Haute-Savoie, had organized a big game above the village. Other hunters from neighbouring associations were also invited. At the end of the day, one of the guests, a 22-year-old man, fired his weapon on the mountain biker who was riding on a track at the edge of the forest.
A single bullet was enough to kill him. The adventurer, Mark Sutton, a British restaurateur had been living for four years at Les Gets, near Montriond station. He was owner of two establishments, one offering a home chef service in Morzine, the other specializing in healthy cuisine in Les Gets.
According to the prosecutor Thonon-les-Bains, Mark was "perfectly identifiable" on the path (which is well-known and frequented by many people), despite being steep and difficult to access.
The authorities mobilized quickly, despite the night setting in and the difficult access at an altitude of 1,350 m. More than 40 gendarmes, including members of the PGHM and forensic police officers secured the scene in the presence of the prosecutor Thonon-les-Bains. The perpetaroter was hospitalized with shock and could not be interrogated by the police or held in police custody.