Kansas hunter, 32, found dead in his car after being shot by his dog!
GEUDA SPRINGS, KANSAS: A 32-year-old hunter was reportedly found dead in his car after allegedly being shot by his own dog. Police said the unidentified man was sitting in the front passenger seat of his pick-up, with hunting gear and a rifle in the backseat.
The victim, who hails from Wichita, Kansas, was found dead in the vehicle near Geuda Springs, north of the Oklahoma border. Authorities from Sumner County Sheriff's Office believe the hunter died around 9.40 am on Saturday, January 21, after his pooch accidentally stepped on the rifle and caused it to discharge. The victim was injured in his car and died on scene, they said.
"A canine belonging to the owner of the pickup stepped on the rifle causing the weapon to discharge," the Sumner County Sheriff's Office said in a statement, adding, "The fired round struck the passenger who died of his injuries on scene." While the man wasn't identified for legal reasons, many on social media reportedly mocked his injuries. One of his friends rushed to his defense. "To all the comedians and weapons experts here: This boy was my friend, having been best friends for over 20+ years with his dad," he wrote, as per Daily Mail, adding, "These comments are hateful. I know this family very well and cannot tell you how much their hearts hurt right now. Shame on you."
While get shot by pets were rare, they are not unheard of. MEAWW previously reported how a young father was shot dead at point-blank range by his pet dog while he was packing things up after a hunting trip. Ozgur Gevrekoglu, 32, was preparing to return from a weekend of hunting on the Kizlan Plateau, in the Alacam District of Turkey's Samsun province, when the tragedy unfolded on November 27, 2022. Gevrekoglu was reportedly placing his dog in the boot of his car when the pet inadvertently stepped on the trigger of a loaded shotgun. The hunter was fatally shot by his own weapon and died almost instantly. He had reportedly become a father just 10 days prior to his tragic death. While he loved to hunt, he was also an apparent dog lover and had posted a number of photos with different canines on hunting trips.
In 2015, an Indiana woman was shot in the foot by her dog, who was ironically named Trigger. Allie Carter, 25, had placed her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground without the safety on during a waterfowl hunt at Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area, according to Indiana conservation officer Jonathon Boyd. Trigger, a chocolate Labrador retriever, reportedly stepped on top of the weapon and pressed the trigger by accident. Carter was shot in the left foot at point-blank range, sustaining injuries to her foot and toes. Fortunately, she was treated in the hospital and released.