US man shoots mother-in-law while trying to kill armadillo

Larry McElroy was outside his home in Lee County, Georgia when he fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo over the weekend.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Published: April 14, 2015 2:18 pm
armadillo, US armadillo shooting The armadillo died from the shot, but the bullet ricocheted off the animal, hit a fence and went into the back door of his mother-in-law’s mobile home – a distance of about 100 yards.

In an unusual incident, a US man trying to shoot an armadillo accidentally hit his mother-in-law after the bullet bounced off the creature’s armour.

Larry McElroy was outside his home in Lee County, Georgia when he fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo over the weekend.

The armadillo died from the shot, but the bullet ricocheted off the animal, hit a fence and went into the back door of his mother-in-law’s mobile home – a distance of about 100 yards.

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Then the bullet went through the recliner where the 74-year-old Carol Johnson was sitting and into her back, ‘WALB TV’ reported.

Johnson was fortunately not severely injured. She was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover.

“Just the circumstances, just all the way around, the whole situation was unusual,” said investigator Bill Smith with the Lee county Sheriff’s Office.

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