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East Texas Man Injured by Bullet Ricochet off an Armadillo

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An east Texas man was recently injured by a bullet ricochet off an armadillo that he shot, which is why you need to be careful when shooting armadillos.

Yes, you read that right: an east Texas man was injured last week by a bullet ricochet off an armadillo that he shot in his yard. Apparently, one of the bullets ricocheted off the animal and struck him in the face.

The incident took place near Marietta, Texas in Cass County, which is southwest of Texarkana. The man, whose name has not been publicly released, noticed the armadillo in his yard and decided to shoot it.

He fired three shots at the armadillo with a revolver chambered in .38 Special. A combination of the animal’s armor, the low-powered loads the man was using, and bad luck caused one of the bullets to ricochet off the armadillo, which struck him in the jaw.

The man was taken to a local hospital and his jaw was wired shut. His jaw is expected to recover fully from the injury, but it may take a while before his pride fully recovers, if it ever does.

Police that responded to the incident were unable to find the armadillo, so it is assumed that it survived the encounter as well.

Anybody ever seen a bullet ricochet off an armadillo before?

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East Texas Man Injured by Bullet Ricochet off an Armadillo