A British man was shot dead in Edon, south west of France
The 72-year-old retired businessman from London, named locally as David Daniels, was taking rubbish out from his home when he was shot in the chest just outside his farm house cottage, in the village of Edon of south west France.
Mr Daniels’ wife immediately drove him to the nearest doctor’s surgery in the village of Dignac, but he died by the time they arrived.
Police have arrested a 48-year-old man and his 85-year-old father, who farmed land owned by the Daniels, in connection with the shooting.
The local state prosecutor, Jean-David Cavaillé, said the men’s motives may have been “a dispute over a farming contract and the future of the property.”
He said: “We are trying to determine whether those arrested two hours after the incident in Edon were responsible for the shooting.”
Police managed to retrieve a hunting rifle from the two men’s home, located beside Mr Daniel’s farmhouse.
Mr Cavaillé added: “The shooting happened as David Daniels was putting out his dustbin, outside his home.”
Locals believe the Mr Daniel and the two men had an ongoing row, but was described as “acute” as there had been no reports of any violence or disorderly behaviour among them.
Patrice Petit, the mayor of Edon, claimed Mr Daniels was dissatisfied with the state the 48-year-old suspect maintained the farmland.
He said: “It was very messy.
“He left tarpaulins, tyres, piles of hay and other materials lying around.
“Mr Daniels often asked him to tidy it up, but it’s crazy to think that an argument like that could lead to something like this.”
The victim owned his farm house cottage in Edon since 1997
The retired businessman owned his farm house cottage for 25 years.
He owned the Edon village property since 1997, but moved into the area full time after he retired three years ago, but still maintained a flat in London.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Petit said: “Mr Daniels was well known, respected and very well liked in the village.
“This is an absolute catastrophe for all of us here. We’ve got only 260 inhabitants and Mr Daniels took part in all our community activities. Everyone here is in a state of shock. Mr Daniels was vice-president of the Society for the Protection of the Heritage of Edon, and he was always friendly, always helpful.
The two suspects are due in court on Thursday afternoon
“He and his wife both spoke very good French and he took an interest in everything that was going on. He was a valuable member of the community, a good friend and a remarkable man.
“When he bought his house it was in a bit of a state, but he completely renovated it.
“He made sure the gardens around the house were always impeccable, so it was doubly annoying for him to see the land he rented to the farmer being left in a mess.”
The two suspects remain in custody, and are expected to appear in court on Thursday afternoon.