Police kill two anti-poaching volunteers after being mistaken for elephant poachersBy Mason White 4:37 PM March 15, 2016
|Claudio Chiarelli and his son Max|
By: Wayne Morin
Police launched an investigation after park rangers opened fire on two anti-poaching volunteers who were mistaken for elephant poachers, police in Zimbabwe said.
65-year-old Claudio Chiarelli, and his 28-year-old son Max, both citizens of Italy and naturalized citizens of Zimbabwe, were fatally injured after stopping to repair their car in Mana Pools.
Both died at the scene. According to the police investigation, the were shot as they were volunteering to find elephant poachers.
Park rangers have spent several days tracking suspected poachers after gunshots were heard in the park.
On Sunday, the park rangers were following the trail of the suspected poachers when saw something movement behind trees.
They opened fire at the volunteers who were repairing their car. Claudio and Max were professional hunters. They were also members of the volunteer anti-poaching organization Zambezi Society.