Sunday 25 February 2018

Mother-in-law gets the bullet

Armadillo (stock image)
Armadillo (stock image)

A man who shot an armadillo ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal known for its hard shell.

Police said 54-year-old Larry McElroy fired his 9mm pistol at the armadillo in the southern US state of Georgia.

Deputies said the bullet killed the armadillo but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, travelled through the back door of the mother-in-law's mobile home and the chair in which she was sitting, hitting her in the back.

Carol Johnson, 74, suffered injuries described as non-life-threatening. Sheriff's investigator Bill Smith said she was walking and talking afterwards.

Officers said Mr McElroy was about 100 yards away from the home in Leesburg when he shot the armadillo.

Press Association

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