A Rottweiler accompanying hunter Sonny Gilligan, age 74, reportedly shot him from the back seat of Gilligan’s pickup truck after the canine’s foot got stuck in the trigger.

How?

Charlie, Gilligan’s long-time companion, was with two other dogs in the back seat of the truck. This is how Gilligan told it to El Paso Times:

“Charlie got his foot in the trigger of the gun and I leaned forward and he slipped off the seat and caught the trigger — and it shot. It was a freak accident but it’s true, that’s what happened.”

Obviously, Gilligan survived the shooting despite the bullet breaking his collar bone and several ribs.

“I was very fortunate I could get to my phone. The [Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office] first responders saved my life. If they waited 10 more minutes, I would’ve died. I lost so much blood. I know I actually passed to the other just before getting to the hospital but they were able to revive me through CPR and bring me back.”

“Riding shotgun” has a whole new meaning after this bizarre incident.

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