Hammond deer hunter fatally shot by partner

A man fatally shot his hunting partner Friday near Loranger in what authorities are investigating as a suspected hunting accident.

Joseph H. Stevens Jr., 33, of Hammond, died around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 after a gun carried by the man he was hunting with went off, fatally striking Stevens, said Adam Einck, a spokesman for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

LDWF and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident but do not suspect foul play.

Stacey M. Trapp, 37, of Loranger, told detectives he and Stevenson had been deer hunting for about an hour near the 55200 block of La. 1062 when they decided to go home.

Trapp told authorities the pair stumbled upon a net wire fence on the walk back to their vehicles and that Trapp moved in front of Stevens searching for an easy crossing point.

As Trapp squatted to go under some bushes with a .270 caliber rifle slung onto his right shoulder, the gun discharged, and the bullet struck Stevens, Einck said.

Trapp then called 911 for help.

Investigators believe Stevens died immediately after the shooting, Einck said.

Stevens’ body was turned over to the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office, and the investigation continues.

Trapp is not facing any criminal counts at this time, authorities said.