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Apr 14, 2015 11:22 AM

Man shoots armadillo, but ricochet gunshot hits mother-in-law

The Associated Press

LEESBURG, Ga. (AP) - Authorities said a south Georgia man shot an armadillo, but ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal known for its hard shell.

Lee County Sheriff's deputies told WALB-TV that Larry McElroy, 54, fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo Sunday night.

Deputies said the bullet killed the armadillo, but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, traveled through the back door of the mother-in-law's mobile home and the recliner in which she was sitting, striking her in the back.

McElroy's 74-year-old mother-in-law, Carol Johnson, suffered injuries described as non-life-threatening. Lee County sheriff's investigator Bill Smith said she was walking around and talking afterward.

Lee County Sherriff's deputies said McElroy was about 100 yards away from the home when he shot the armadillo.


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