Kansas man fatally shot after dog steps on rifle in truck: Officials

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A Kansas man is dead after officials said he was struck by gunfire from a rifle that discharged when a dog stepped on it in a truck.

The fatal shooting took place in rural Kansas along a road in Sumner County, about 45 miles south of Wichita, Wellington Fire and EMS Chief Tim Hay told USA TODAY Wednesday.

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Joseph Austin Smith of Wichita.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to the scene Saturday morning for a male who had been shot in the back. 

At the scene, EMS personnel administered CPR before the victim was pronounced dead, Hay said.

The driver of the truck, who was sitting next to Smith when the gun fired, was not hurt, Hay said.





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