Dog kills hunter after stepping on rifle and shooting him in the back, Kansas sheriff says

A man was killed while on a weekend hunting trip in Kansas when a dog stepped on a rifle and discharged the gun, the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office said.

Agents were dispatched at 9:47 a.m. local time Saturday to investigate a 911 call that 30-year-old Joseph Austin Smith of Wichita had been shot in the back inside a pickup truck in Geuda Springs, the agency said. police.

The sheriff’s office said crews arrived within minutes of the call and, after finding Smith in the front passenger seat of the truck, began life-saving CPR measures. Smith ultimately died from the gunshot wound.

The dog, which belongs to the owner of the truck, was in the back seat of the truck with hunting gear, including the rifle, when the dog stepped on the gun, according to police. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

It was not immediately clear if anyone else was in the truck at the time.

There have been several other notable incidents involving canine weapons in recent years.

Over Thanksgiving weekend 2022, Ozgur Gevrekoglu, a 32-year-old new father and Turkish hunter, was shot dead as he was putting his dog in the back seat of his pickup truck, according to the Middle East Eye newspaper. The dog’s paw touched the loaded shotgun, discharged the weapon and killed Gevrekoglu at point blank range, the newspaper said.

In 2017, a pheasant hunter in north-central Iowa was accidentally shot and wounded when a dog stepped on the trigger guard of the shotgun and the gun fired. Ken Lonneman, a conservation officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, told CBS News at the time that four hunters and two dogs were searching for the game birds when one of the hunters placed a loaded shotgun on the ground.

And in 2018, a New Mexico man told CBS affiliate KRQE-TV that his dog, a 120-pound Rottweiler mix named Charlie, shot him. The man said he was sitting in his truck, with his rifle in the back seat, when Charlie’s paw caught on the trigger, according to KRQE. The bullet tore through the driver’s seat and struck the man’s back, breaking some ribs and breaking his clavicle, according to the station.

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