Dog shoots man: Kansas congressman finds 32-year-old hunter dead in his car and concludes his dog stepped on the trigger of his rifle in the backseat
- A 32-year-old man from Wichita, Kansas, was hunting near the village of Geuda Springs, 50 miles south of his hometown, on Saturday
- The unnamed man was found dead in the front seat of his vehicle by Sumner County sheriffs north of the Oklahoma border
- Investigators concluded that the man’s dog stepped on the gun in the back seat of the car, which then fired, killing him
A 32-year-old Kansas hunter was found dead in his car on Saturday, with sheriffs concluding he was killed when his dog stepped on the trigger of his rifle.
The unnamed Wichita man was found near the hamlet of Geuda Springs, 50 miles south of Wichita and home to 194 people north of the Oklahoma border.
Sheriffs believe he died around 9:40 a.m.
“A dog belonging to the owner of the pickup truck stepped on the gun, triggering the gun,” the sheriff’s office said.
“The round fired hit the passenger, who died at the scene from his injuries.”
The unnamed man, from Wichita, Kansas, was found Saturday near this village, 50 miles south of the city and north of the Oklahoma border
Sheriffs didn’t name the man, but many on social media mocked his injuries.
A friend defended him.
“To all the comedians and gun experts here, this boy was my friend, his father’s best friend for over 20 years,” he wrote.
“These comments are hateful.
“I know this family very well and I can’t tell you how much their heart aches right now. Shame on you.’
Pet shootings are rare but not uncommon.
FILE PICTURE: Shootings by dogs stepping on triggers are rare but not uncommon
In November, a 32-year-old man was reportedly shot dead by his own dog in Turkey after the dog stepped on the trigger of a shotgun and fired at him.
Ozgur Gevrekoglu was killed while hunting with his friend on the Kizlan Plateau in Turkey’s Samsun province, Turkiye newspaper reported, according to Newsweek.
As he put his dog in his car, the animal’s paw touched the loaded gun and the rifle fired at Gevrekoglu at close range.
He was taken to the hospital after the incident and was later pronounced dead.
And in 2015, an Indiana woman was shot in the foot by her dog, Trigger.
Allie Carter, 25, put her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground without a safety during a waterfowl hunt in the Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area, Indiana Conservation Commissioner Jonathon Boyd said.
Boyd said Trigger, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, mounted the shotgun and pulled the trigger.
He said Carter was shot in the left foot at point-blank range and sustained injuries to her foot and toes.
She was treated in two hospitals and discharged.