Dog Shoots Man in Iowa Home

Richard Remme was playing with his dog on the couch
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2018 7:46 AM CDT
Fort Dodge Police officers Matt Weir, left, Larry Hedlund and Jacob Naatz investigate an accidental shooting, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.   (Joe Sutter/The Messenger via AP)

(Newser) – With best friends like these, who needs enemies? An Iowa man says his dog inadvertently shot him while they were roughhousing Wednesday. Fifty-one-year-old Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and tossed the dog off his lap. He says when the pit bull-Labrador mix bounded back up, he must have disabled the safety on the gun in his belly band and stepped on the trigger, reports the AP.

The gun fired, striking one of Remme's legs—which he didn't realize initially. He says he experienced a burning sensation on his belly then noticed his pantleg was becoming purple. "I'm looking around to see where it went to, and I realized it went in my leg. That’s when I called 911." He was treated at a hospital and released later that day. Remme tells the Messenger that Balew is a "big wuss" and who laid down beside him and cried because he thought he had done something wrong.


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