Kansas man dies after dog-hunting device is discharged

A 30-year-old man died in Kansas on Saturday (January 21) after a shoot dogs he in the so-called “bizarre accident.”

According to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Austin Smith was sitting in the front passenger seat of a pickup truck. Meanwhile, a rifle and hunting gear are in the back seat, along with the truck’s owner’s dog. An investigation found that the dog caused the rifle to discharge after stepping on it. As a result, the bullet went straight into Smith’s back.

The shooting happened around 9:40 a.m. on a country road about 45 miles south of Wichita in Geuda Springs. Emergency personnel have arrived at the scene “in minutes,” per report, but Smith give in to your wounds amid efforts to revive him. Officials declared Smith dead at the scene.

It is not clear who called 911 for first responders. However, NBC News reported that another person has in the driver’s seat at the time of shooting. According to the report, the person was physically unharmed, but their identity remains unknown.

The case is said to be under investigation. It is unclear if the dog was taken to a shelter or if he was with his owner and family.


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