Dog kills Kansas hunter in freak accident

A Kansas hunter was accidentally shot by a dog that stepped on a gun in the back of the van he was in, officials say.

The victim – who has not been identified – was in the front passenger seat of the truck in Geuda Springs on Saturday night with a dog in the back with hunting gear, including a rifle.

“A dog belonging to the owner of the pickup truck stepped on the gun, causing the gun to discharge,” the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office told KAKE News.

“The bullet fired hit the passenger who died of his injuries at the scene.”

It was not immediately clear if the deceased man was the owner of the van or if someone else was with them in the driver’s seat at the time. It was also unclear whether the truck was moving or parked when the hunter was shot in the back.

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office said the dog “stepped on the gun, causing the gun to fire.”
The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office

Officials gave no further details, including the identity of the victim, although some reports said he was 32 years old. It’s also unclear what happened to the killer dog. The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to requests for additional information.

News of the tragedy sparked calls for hunters to always obey gun safety rules as well as sarcastic responses, angering the victim’s friends.

“To all the comedians and weapons experts out there: This boy was my friend, having been his father’s best friend for over 20 years,” a man named Jimmy White from Wichita wrote in the comments to the Facebook post. from KAKE News.


Ozgur Gevrekoglu poses while on a hunting trip with one of his dogs.
New dad Ozgur Gevrekoglu, 32, died of a similar freak accident in Turkey in November.
@sansvousmort/Newsflash

“These comments are hateful. I know this family very well and can’t tell you how much their hearts hurt right now. Shame on you.”

Similar tragedies have happened before.

In November, new dad Ozgur Gevrekoglu, 32, was shot dead in Turkey when his dog accidentally hit the trigger of his still-loaded shotgun, according to reports at the time.

In 2018, a New Mexico man was accidentally shot in the back by his dog during a hare hunt.

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