Dog Kills 32-year-old Owner While Hunting: According to Kansas authorities, a man lost his life after being accidentally shot by his dog while out hunting. Joseph Austin Smith, 30, of Witchita, was killed on Saturday morning when his dog fired the pistol inside his pickup vehicle, according to a series of news releases from the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office that was received.
According to ABC affiliate KAKE, police said the collision happened near 80th Street South and River Road, located north of Geuda Springs. According to the agency, the canine “stepped on the weapon” in the rear seat as the victim was seated in the front passenger seat of his car.
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The bullet hit the man in the driver’s seat. According to the sheriff’s office, the responding units arrived within minutes of the 911 call and began performing CPR. The victim “died of his injuries” at the scene of the shooting, according to the SCSO.
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Data from the Gun Violence Archive shows that there have been 101 unintentional shootings in the US since the start of the year. According to the non-profit organization’s website, there were more than 1,600 accidental shootings in 2022. In 2023, the United States recorded more than 2,400 gun deaths.