Dog accidentally shoots owner in leg with ‘empty’ handgun

New York, Feb 28: A man from Florida, who was driving his pick-up, was shot in the leg after his dog kicked an “empty” handgun on the vehicle’s floor on Saturday afternoon.

Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, of Frostproof told Sebring police that he had believed that his handgun was empty when he placed it on the center “hump” on the floor of his gray Ford F250.

According to the police report, Lanier had just left Blue Crab restaurant on State Road 17 when, about two miles later at a BP gas station he heard a “boom,” and saw smoke and felt a burning in his leg.

He stopped at the BP gas station, wrapped his bleeding leg in a towel and asked the store clerk to call the emergency services.

Lanier said that his dog was “jumping around the truck” when it kicked the gun and shot him, the bullet went through his left calf and exited out of his shin, where it shot through the plastic panel of the driver side door, the New York Daily News reported.

Police said that Lanier’s handgun was a Berretta 9mm semi-automatic pistol that has the safety off and a magazine insert in it.

Lanier also had a loaded Marlin rifle with a scope attached to it and several boxes of .243 and .380 ammunition and spent casings in his truck.

He later claimed that he believe that both his firearms were empty and was surprised when police said that they were loaded. (ANI)