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.


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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