A Texas man ended up in the hospital, after his dog pulled the trigger on his gun and accidentally shot him in the leg.
The Plano Texas Police Department explained the hard-to-believe accident in a Facebook post earlier this week.
“Imagine having your pistol tucked inside your waistband and while picking up your dog, a paw gets lodged in the trigger and fires the weapon, sending a bullet into and through your thigh,” the post, shared on Monday, read.
“Well, that happened here in Plano,” police said, using the incident as an opportunity to give gun owners some safety tips.
“If you have a License to Carry, we ask for your safety and the safety of others, be responsible,” the post read, adding a short list of common-sense firearm etiquette examples for gun-carrying Texans — such as “always assume the weapon is loaded,” and “keep your finger off the trigger until the weapon is ready to be fired.”
“Know your weapon, how and when to use it, and be a smart and responsible gun owner,” Plano Police said, in conclusion.Police officer David Tilley told The Dallas Morning News that the man, who hasn’t been named, is doing well.
“Fortunately, it was just a through and through shot — it didn’t hit a main artery or anything,” Tilley said. “He took himself to the hospital and he’s fine.”
Some comments on Facebook were not as forgiving.
“Play with fire, you get burned,” wrote Facebook user Christina Mitchell.
Another user, Tom Ortiz, had a similar view. “Stupidity happens,” he wrote.
User Yvette M. Encalada Marín was even more direct: “If you carry a gun like this, I’m not empathetic on your leg getting shot. You’re just an idiot.”
That man is lucky. Man’s best friend nearly turned into man’s best murderer.