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Sometimes a story comes along that is almost too ridiculous to believe, and this is one of those times. Fox 5 Atlanta reports:

LEESBURG, Ga. (AP) – Authorities say a south Georgia man shot an armadillo, but ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal known for its hard shell.

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Lee County Sheriff’s deputies tell WALB-TV ( that 54-year-old Larry McElroy fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo Sunday night.

Deputies say the bullet killed the armadillo, but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, traveled through the back door of the mother-in-law’s mobile home and the recliner in which she was sitting, striking her in the back.

McElroy’s 74-year-old mother-in-law, Carol Johnson, suffered injuries described as non-life-threatening. Lee County sheriff’s investigator Bill Smith said she was walking around and talking afterward.

Rule number three of the Four Basic Principals of Gun Safety is, “Always be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.” The rule may have been followed, since the man reportedly shot the armadillo from over 100 yards away of his mother-in-law, and it bounced off of a fence… Perhaps he should have aimed in a different direction. Perhaps this was truly a freak accident. Or perhaps this magic bullet had ill intentions from the start. Either way the moral of the story is- don’t shoot at an armadillo with your 9mm unless you are certain the bullet won’t ricochet off the armadillo, off a fence, travel 100 yards, go through the back door of your mother-in-laws home, through her recliner (that she just so happened to be sitting on), and in her back…



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