It was Saturday 21 January that the incident took place in Sumner county, in the state of Kansas, USA.
The deceased’s name has not been released.
According to the sheriff’s office in Sumner, the man must have been sitting in the passenger seat of his pickup, as the man’s dog accidentally stepped on the shotgun that was in the back seat.
The shotgun fired a shot, which went straight into the back of the grown man.
– We received an emergency call about the accident, and responding units were on the scene after a few minutes, the Sumner Sheriff’s Office told the Kansas local newspaper, KAKE.
The sheriff’s office says that they started cardiopulmonary resuscitation immediately, but that the man’s life could not be saved. He died at the scene from the gunshot wounds.
Officers from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks were also on the scene, writes the American news channel 12 news.
After KAKE shared the news on his Facebook page, several readers took to the comments section to criticize the now-deceased man:
“He should have made sure that the fuse was on”one writes.
“Perhaps deserved when the weapon is loaded?”wrote another.
Several also questioned the gun laws in Kansas.
The criticism and hateful comments caused a close friend of the deceased to react. According to KAKE, the friend himself has answered the following in the comment field:
“To all the comedians and gun experts here: This man was one of my best friends. Their comments are full of hate. I know the man’s family very well, and words cannot describe how much their hearts ache right now. Shame on you!”
According to the news channel Newsweek, it is common for rifles, shotguns and handguns to go off by accident if the safety is not on. Nor does it take much for that to happen, writes the website.
Furthermore, they state that people in Kansas must complete a firearms, safety and training course in order to obtain a firearms license.
It is not the first time a man has been shot by his dog.
In 2019, a dog owner lost his gun license after his dog accidentally shot him with a rifle.
Last year, Turkish Ösgür Gevrekoglu was also shot and killed by his faithful companion, after the four-legged man pulled the trigger.