A Georgia woman was hit by a 9mm projectile that ricochet off the back of an armadillo on Sunday, local media reports.
“Just the circumstances, just all the way around, the whole situation was unusual,” Investigator Bill Smith, Lee county Sheriff’s Office, told WISTV.
Apparently, the woman’s son-in-law, 54-year-old Larry McElroy, shot and killed an armadillo with his 9mm pistol. However, the bullet didn’t stop when it hit the varmint, it careened off, hit a fence, passed through the back door of the victim’s mobile home, into a recliner and then into the woman’s back.
The woman, 74-year-old Carol Johnson, was not gravely wounded.
“She was walking around on her own power and talking,” said Smith. “It didn’t appear to be too severe. They took her to Phoebe North [hospital].”
Police say that McElroy was 100 yards away when he fired the gun. They also had advice for would-be armadillo hunters.
“I really think if they’re going to shoot at varmints and whatnot, maybe use a shotgun.. with a spread pattern with a lot less range,” Smith said.
Perhaps instead of the 9mm, McElroy should have used .45 ACP. Just saying 🙂