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Dog “shoots”, kills man in US

Dog ‘shoots’, kills man in US hunting accident after the animal stepped on and accidentally discharged a gun.

The dog shot and killed the man over the weekend in the United States after accidentally discharged a gun that was left on the backseat of a pickup truck after stepping on it, according to police.

According to Kansas police, the victim was struck in the back while he and the pet were out hunting on Saturday. 

The victim was seated in the front passenger seat of the truck.

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“A canine belonging to the owner of the pickup stepped on the rifle, causing the weapon to discharge. The fired round struck the passenger, who died of his injuries on scene,” the Sumner County Sheriff’s office said. 

“The investigation is ongoing, but the preliminary investigation shows it to be a hunting-related accident,” the sheriff’s office added in a separate statement. 

Officials did not say whether the 30-year-old man who died was the dog’s owner. 

Accidental shootings are tragically common in the United States, a country where there are more guns than people. 

According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500 people died in firearm accidents in 2021.  

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