Dog shoots and kills man in ‘hunting-related accident,’ Kansas authorities say


A man inside Kansas he died after being struck and killed by a dog in a “hunting-related accident,” authorities said.

The shooting was reported around 9:40 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of East 80th Street South near Wellington, a city in a rural area located about 45 miles south of Wichita, according to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office . Authorities said the man was sitting in the front passenger seat of a pickup truck, while hunting gear and a rifle were in the back seat, along with a dog.

“A dog belonging to the owner of the pickup truck stepped on the shotgun causing the gun to discharge,” the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office said. “The shot fired hit the passenger who died of his injuries at the scene.”

The man was later identified as 30-year-old Joseph Austin Smith of Wichita, according to KSNW-TVciting the authorities.

The responding deputies arrived minutes after a 911 call and began CPR, but Smith was pronounced dead, authorities said.

“An investigation is ongoing, but the preliminary investigation shows this is a hunting-related incident,” the sheriff’s office said.

It wasn’t immediately clear who owned the truck or who had called 911.

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Wellington Fire, and EMS were all listed as responding agencies.

To date, there have been more than 100 intentional shootings in the United States in 2023, according to data from the Gun Violence Archivea non-profit group formed in 2013 that monitors gun-related violence in the United States.

This story was reported from Cincinnati.


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