Tuesday 21 November 2017

A lucky escape - How one man was injured after shooting armadillo

Armadillo (stock image)
Armadillo (stock image)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday.

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3am on Thursday morning.

He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire. 

However, the bullet ricocheted off the armadillo's shell and hit the man in the jaw.

He was treated in hospital for a minor injury to the jaw.

The fate of the armadillo remains unknown.

And it's not the first incident of its kind.

In April, a Georgia man injured his mother-in-law when a bullet ricocheted off an armadillo, "hit a fence, went through the back door of his mother-in-law's mobile home, through a recliner she was sitting in, and into her back," local TV station WALB News reported at the time.

Reuters

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