A Rosengart man is dead and a hunter has been charged after a fatal shooting near Elma Tuesday night.
Oleg Unruh, 59, was pronounced dead shortly after he was shot in a wooded area off Silver Bridge Road south of Elma at about 8:05 p.m.
Elma is located about 70 kilometres east of Winnipeg. Rosengart is about 130 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg near the United States border just west of Altona.
A family member said Thursday there was little information about what happened to Unruh.
"He was shot by someone else — that’s all we know," the relative said, adding the RCMP will provide more details Friday.
"(Unruh) didn’t know (the other hunter). They were just in the same place at the same time."
Elma residents contacted said they didn’t know either of the two men.
"Apparently they were hunting bears," said one resident.
According to the RCMP, the two men didn't know each other and were not hunting together.
A Browning rifle has been seized by RCMP, according to court documents.
Lac du Bonnet RCMP, along with other RCMP departments and Manitoba Conservation Officer Service, are continuing to investigate.
Carsten Aust, 45, a German citizen, has been charged with manslaughter. He was remanded in custody and appeared in a Winnipeg court Thursday.
Aust was released on bail, with the consent of the Crown, with a $1,000 surety and a promise not to possess any weapons. He also had to surrender his passport to RCMP.
He will next appear in court Nov. 17.
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