Eagle Lake, Mississippi: Matt Branch, a former Louisiana State University football player was shot while duck hunting in Mississippi and lost his leg. And according to his friend, the dog did it.
Micah Heckford told the Clarion Ledger that he and several others were on a duck hunting trip near Eagle Lake when Matt Branch was accidentally hit by a blast from his shotgun, which he had left loaded in the bed of his pickup truck.
Heckford says a Labrador named Tito then jumped onto the truck bed, “stepped on the safety of Branch’s shotgun and pulled the trigger.”
“The gun shot,” Heckford told the Clarion Ledger. “Everybody looked up. The first thing I saw was Matt and within two to three seconds he realized he was hit. In the midst of the chaos at this point, I ran over to Matt to assess what had happened. We had no clue what the damage was at this point in time.
“The opportunities for an accident are there and we just don’t realize it. We think we’re being safe, but are we? If there’s a shell in that gun, anything can happen.”
He says the 12-gauge shotgun shell fired through the side of the truck and hit Branch’s left thigh. He says Branch has since had the leg amputated and is expected to recover.