Dog shoots man: Kansas deputy finds 32-year-old hunter dead in his car and concludes his dog stepped on the trigger of his rifle in the back seat

A 32-year-old Kansas hunter was found dead in his car on Saturday, with sheriffs concluding that he was killed when his dog stepped on the trigger of his rifle.

The unnamed man from Wichita was found near the hamlet of Geuda Springs, 50 miles south of Wichita and home to 194 people just north of the Oklahoma border.

Sheriffs believe he died at around 9:40am.

‘A canine belonging to the owner of the pickup stepped on the rifle causing the weapon to discharge,’ the sheriff’s office said.

‘The fired round struck the passenger who died of his injuries on scene.’

Sheriffs did not name the man, but many on social media mocked his injuries.

One friend defended him.

‘To all the comedians and weapons experts here: This boy was my friend, having been best friends for over 20+ years with his dad,’ he wrote.

‘These comments are hateful.

‘I know this family very well and cannot tell you how much their hearts hurt right now. Shame on you.’

Shootings by pets are rare, but not unheard of.

In November, a 32-year-old man in Turkey was reportedly shot and killed by his own dog after the canine stepped on the trigger of a shotgun and it fired at him.

Ozgur Gevrekoglu was killed while out hunting with his friend in the Kizlan Plateau, in the Samsun Province of Turkey, the newspaper Turkiye reported, according to Newsweek.

While putting his dog into his car, the animal’s paw touched the loaded weapon and the rifle fired at Gevrekoglu from a short distance.

He was taken to the hospital after the incident and later pronounced dead.

And in 2015, an Indiana woman was shot in the foot by her dog, named Trigger.

Allie Carter, 25, laid her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground without the safety on during a waterfowl hunt at Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area, said Indiana conservation officer Jonathon Boyd.

Boyd said Trigger, a chocolate Labrador retriever, stepped on top of the shotgun and depressed the trigger.

He said Carter was shot in the left foot at point-blank range, suffering injuries to her foot and toes.

She was treated at two hospitals and released.

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