(NEWSER) – Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man. Authorities say the bullet struck Richard L. Fipps of Sheridan in the arm on Monday. The injury is not life-threatening, but Fipps was being treated in a hospital in Billings, Mont.
Police tell the Sheridan Press 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 dog obeyed but stepped on the rifle, which was on the back seat.