Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet
Reuters By Lisa Maria Garza
DALLAS (Reuters) - An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday.
Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire.
"His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo," Rowe said.
The animal's hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man's jaw, he said.
The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Rowe.
The status of the animal is unknown.
"We didn't find the armadillo," the sheriff said.
Ya know, it's bad enough when the critters start fighting back. But to fight back by throwing your own bullets back in your direction seems a little weird to me. We have some frisky critters around Texas, I guess!
Coffee out on the patio this morning. Watch out for the fighting critters, OK?