A FARMER mistook his cousin for a bear and shot and killed him in Sabah, Harian Metro reported.
The 42-year-old farmer said he went on a hunting trip with Nuis Upil, 36, and two other friends at about 2pm in Ulu Sungai Mususur, Tambunan, on Wednesday.
The farmer aimed his bakakuk (home-made gun) at a rambutan tree and fired, causing Nuis to fall from the tree that he had been climbing.
The hunting party then started searching for the “animal” and was shocked to see Nuis lying in a pool of blood.
Keningau OCPD Deputy Supt Zahari Mohamed confirmed that the farmer and his friends were in custody to assist in investigations.