A 38-year-old man was killed at the Wasgamuwa National Park during a shootout between wildlife officers and a group of hunters, who had allegedly entered the park last night, Police said.
A wild life officer has also been arrested in connection with the shootout which took place when officials launched a search operation following a tip off.
Police said the three individuals were asked to surrender but had opted to open fire.
A suspect who was injured during the shootout had succumbed to his injuries after he was admitted to the Wilgamuwa Hospital.
Investigations revealed that wildlife officers had used rubber bullets during the shootout.