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Dog accidentally shoots Wyoming man

SHERIDAN, Wyo. – Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man.

Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek says the bullet struck Richard L. Fipps, of Sheridan, in the arm on Monday.

Kozisek told The Sheridan Press that Fipps and two others were in a remote area trying to move a stuck vehicle.

The sheriff said Fipps told a dog in the front seat of the truck to get into the back seat. Laying on the back seat was a .300 Winchester Magnum with the safety apparently turned off. The dog managed to discharge the weapon, which fired through the cab of the truck. The round struck Fipps in the left arm, traveled past his back and clipped his right sleeve without touching his right arm.

The injury is not life-threatening but Fipps is being treated in a hospital in Billings, Montana.

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