File this one away in the illustration file under unintended (negative) consequences.
Perhaps also under selecting the right tool for the job.
From a variety of sources, this copy from WALB News 10.
There’s news video at the link page. The anchors and law enforcement deliver the whole piece dead-pan, and the highlight picture of an armadillo (not the actual armadillo in question) is a nice touch.
Authorities say a woman was accidentally shot by her son-in-law while he was trying to shoot an armadillo.
The incident had a lot of people scratching their heads – even law enforcement.
Lee County Sheriff’s deputies said 54-year-old Larry McElroy was outside when he fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo. The bullet killed the animal, but also ricocheted off of it, hit a fence, went through the back door of his mother-in-law’s mobile home, through a recliner she was sitting in, and into her back.
According to a report, McElroy was about 100 yards away from the home at the time.
McElroy’s mother-in-law, 74-year-old Carol Johnson was fortunately not severely injured.
Authorities also suggest using a shotgun to possibly avoid a situation like what happened Sunday.
“I really think if they’re going to shoot at varmints and whatnot, maybe use a shotgun.. with a spread pattern with a lot less range,” Smith said.
“At first I ask if they live in the city or county, because shooting is an effective way of getting rid of them. However, you have to be safe when you do that,” said Morgan.