CHICAGO (AFP) — An overexcited dog accidentally shot and killed its owner on a goose hunting trip in Texas, authorities said Tuesday.
Perry Price, 46, had just shot a goose and went back to his pickup truck to let his dog out to go find it in the brush.
He leaned over the bed of the truck and lay his shotgun down inside as he unhooked the tailgate, his hunting companion told investigators.
"When the dog got to jumping around it went off," deputy Nacheal Bonin of the Chambers County Sheriff's Department told AFP.
The shotgun pellets went through the truck's tailgate and struck Price, a high school teacher and avid hunter, in the thigh.
His friend rushed Price to a hospital just a few miles away but the pellets had severed an artery and Price could not be saved. He was pronounced dead at 6:20 pm on Saturday.
"It just caught him in the wrong area. It's a freak accident," Bonin said.
There will be no further investigation because the gun was covered with the chocolate Labrador Retriever's muddy paw prints she added.
It's not uncommon for hunters to be shot by their dogs.
A pack of hunting dogs shot an Iowa man in the leg as he went to retrieve a fallen pheasant in October.
He had put his gun on the ground to climb a fence and retrieve the fallen bird. But the dogs followed him too closely, stepping on the gun's trigger before he managed to get over the fence.
He was badly injured when 100 to 120 pellets of birdshot hit him square in the left calf but survived the incident.
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