A man who was shot by his dog in a tragic hunting accident was identified Tuesday as Kansas plumber Joseph Smith, as friends remembered the hunter as a “loving jester” who made them smile.
Smith, 30, was in the front passenger seat of a pickup truck when the dog stepped on the shotgun in the back. Smith was struck in the back and killed instantly, according to KSN.com.
Smith was a plumber with Browns Plumbing Services in Wichita, company owner Chris Brown said Tuesday.
“Joe is absolutely the most unique person I have had the pleasure of meeting. He was loved by all of us from all walks of life and loved the same,” Brown wrote in a GoFundMe to help Smith’s family cover funeral expenses.
“He made us laugh every morning, whether it was him or because of him, he always made sure to be a positive light in my company. No matter how bad or stressful my or our day was , Joe always had something to cheer us up.
The GoFundMe was accompanied by various photos of Smith, several of which showed him playing guitar and singing.
“Joseph Smith was a truly amazing man. He was kind, funny, intelligent and very affectionate. Every time he walked through the door he made someone smile,” wrote friend and colleague Jessica.
“Either because he’s a goofball or just his natural presence that makes everything better. It wasn’t hard to like Joe because he always made you feel like you were one of a kind and never left a conversation without letting you know he loved you.
According to Jessica, the late hunter owned a dog, but police wouldn’t say if Smith’s pet was the dog that accidentally killed him over the weekend.
Police have also not revealed what happened to the animal in the days following the shooting.
Neither the sheriff’s office nor Browns Plumbing Services immediately responded to the Post’s request for comment.