Dog Shoots Man; Gregory Lanier Wounded When Dog Steps On Loaded Gun

By iScienceTimes Staff on February 27, 2013 2:47 PM EST

Dog Shoots Man
A dog accidentally fired a gun by stepping on it, injuring his owner. (Photo: Reuters)

Guns don't kill people, dogs kill people? Not exactly.

A dog shot a man in Florida while the two were on a car ride and the pooch accidentally stepped on a loaded 9mm. The victim, Gregory Lanier of Frostproof, Fla., was shot in the leg but was not seriously injured. Police have ruled the shooting accidental, because when a dog shoots a man its pretty hard to prove criminal intent.

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Sebring Police Cmdr. Steve Carr said police did not arrest the dog or detain the animal, pending the investigation. He said he has never heard of a case like this.

Carr said that the "dog shoots man" incident occurred while Lanier was driving on State Road 17 North "when his dog kicked his unloaded .380 pistol causing it to fire and the bullet struck his leg. Lanier said he heard boom, saw smoke and felt a burning in his leg."

Believe it or not, this is not an isolated "dog shoots man" incident. And not the first in Florida, either.

In 2011, Billy E. Brown was shot once in the thigh as he drove to a deer hunting spot in Pasco County, Fla. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Gary Morse, Brown was riding with a hunting rifle next to him and his dog jumped on it and shot him in the knee.

Also in 2011, a Utah hunter was shot in the buttocks by his dog during a botched duck hunt. Doctors dislodged 27 pellets of bird shot from the 46-year-old's body following the mishap.

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