- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - 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 (KAHS’-eh-sec) says the bullet struck Richard L. Fipps, of Sheridan, in the arm on Monday.

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

Kozisek told The Sheridan Press (https://bit.ly/1sMfrgZ ) that Fipps and two others were in a remote area trying to move a vehicle that had become stuck. Fipps was standing beside his truck when he told his dog to move from the front seat to the back seat.

The sheriff says a rifle was on the back seat and it discharged toward Fipps.

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Information from: The Sheridan (Wyo.) Press, https://www.thesheridanpress.com/


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