Joseph Smith: Kansas Hunter Shot & Killed After Dog Accidentally Stands On Gun
A 30-year-old man from Kansas was shot and killed after a dog stepped on a hunting rifle in the back of a truck, discharging the firearm and striking him in the back. The victim's boss described him as the most "unique" person he had ever had the pleasure of meeting.
The victim, who has been identified as 30-year-old Joseph Smith, a plumber from Kansas, was in the front passenger seat of a truck when being struck by a bullet after a dog stepped on a hunting rifle in the back.
Paramedics attended the scene near Geuda Springs but despite their best efforts, Mr Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities said the incident was hunting-related.
It was not immediately clear who owned the dog and the truck, and police said an investigation was underway.
The Sumner County Sheriff's office said: "A canine belonging to the owner of the pickup stepped on the rifle, causing the weapon to discharge.
"The fired round struck the passenger, who died of his injuries on scene.
"The investigation is ongoing, but the preliminary investigation shows it to be a hunting-related accident."
Mr Smith worked as a plumber for Browns Plumbing Services in Wichita, the company owner Chris Brown said: "Joe is absolutely the most unique individual I have had the pleasure of meeting.
"He was loved by all of us from all walks of life and loved the same. He made us laugh every morning whether it was at him or because of him he always made sure to be a positive light at my company.
"No matter how bad or stressful my or our day was, Joe always had something to lift our spirits."
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