Dog Shoots Goose Hunter

Texas math teacher dies in freak hunting accident, as dog jumps on shotgun

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 9, 2008 4:48 PM CST

(Newser) – A Texas man died after his dog stepped on a loaded shotgun, the Houston Chronicle reports. The teacher, 46, shot down a goose, put the gun in back of the truck, and was about to let the dog out to retrieve it when the gun went off, blowing through the tailgate and hitting him in the thigh. "It's the strangest case that I've seen," commented the country sheriff.

The man died at the hospital, from blood lost before his hunting partner could get him there. Police found the dog's paw prints on the muddy shotgun. The dead man's sister speculated that the overexcited dog had been jumping around in the back of the truck and somehow knocked the safety off and hit the trigger. The chocolate Labrador, Arthur, is said to have been looking lost and sad since his owner's death.

The county sheriff said the accident was the strangest case he'd seen, and reminded people that even experienced hunters should double-check themselves while in the field and store guns in a protected place with the barrel pointed away from people.
The county sheriff said the accident was the strangest case he'd seen, and reminded people that even experienced hunters should double-check themselves while in the field and store guns in a protected...   (KRT Photos)
Perry Alvin Price III, of Baytown, Texas, died in a hunting accident when his labrador dog jumped on a shotgun in the back of Price's truck. The gun discharged and shot Price in the thigh. He later bled to death in hospital.
Perry Alvin Price III, of Baytown, Texas, died in a hunting accident when his labrador dog jumped on a shotgun in the back of Price's truck. The gun discharged and shot Price in the thigh. He later bled...   (KRT Photos)
Math teacher and hunter Perry Price was apparently wounded in the thigh when his chocolate Labrador stepped on his rifle, shooting him.
Math teacher and hunter Perry Price was apparently wounded in the thigh when his chocolate Labrador stepped on his rifle, shooting him.   (Shutterstock.com)
Perry Alvin Price III, a well-liked math teacher, leaves behind a wife, two stepchildren - and his dogs. The chocolate labrador who jumped on the gun is said to have been looking sad and lost since his owner died in the freak accident.
Perry Alvin Price III, a well-liked math teacher, leaves behind a wife, two stepchildren - and his dogs. The chocolate labrador who jumped on the gun is said to have been looking sad and lost since his...   (KRT Photos)
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