“It is of great concern that this individual might think it’s okay to shoot at anything he thinks is Bigfoot.”
A man in Montana told police that a hunter started shooting at him by accident because the hunter reportedly “mistook him for Bigfoot.”
The 27-year-old victim told police that an unidentified hunter began shooting at him seemingly out of thin air. He was setting up targets on public lands outside the city of Helena when the shots started firing and he saw bullets flying to either side of him, according to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.
Dutton said in an interview with the Idaho Statesman that the victim said the alleged shooter simply said, “I thought you were Bigfoot.”
“I don’t target practice — but if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it,” the shooter apparently said to the victim in his explanation of his actions.
The man said he responded by saying he is not, in fact, Bigfoot, and the shooter suggested that the man wear orange if he goes out to practice target shooting in the future. The man agreed that he made a good point, according to Dutton.
Law enforcement in the area are now looking for that shooter and are seeking leads as to who that man might be.
Dutton said “there was some question about the veracity of the report” because it was reported by the victim a day after the alleged near-death incident took place, and he couldn’t describe the shooter. The man also said he didn’t want to pursue charges and did not want to talk to deputies.
The accused shooter was said to be driving a black Ford F-150 pickup truck. But when local authorities went to the site where the reported incident took place there was no vehicle to be found, making the alleged victim’s story all the more unbelievable.
After news broke of this shooting in the local paper, the Helena Independent Record, another woman came forward with a story of a similar incident that happened to her. She told law enforcement that she had also been shot at by a man in a black F-150 truck.
Bigfoot apparently wasn’t mentioned in that woman’s account, but she was able to give a better description of the man that allegedly shot at her.
If these two reports turn out to be accurate, Dutton says that the shooter could face attempted negligent homicide charges.
Dutton also says that the general public need not worry that this man is a threat. “It seems to be a localized event to one geographic area,” Dutton said, referring to the North Hills area near Helena.
In the meantime, authorities are on the hunt to find this suspected shooter as soon as possible.
“We’re working to find this person,” Dutton said. “It is of great concern that this individual might think it’s okay to shoot at anything he thinks is Bigfoot.”
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