Man blames shooting his mother-in-law in the back on an armadillo.

Man blames shooting his mother-in-law in the back on an armadillo.
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A man was trying to kill an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted off its hard shell into his mother-in-law.

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On Sunday night in Lee Co., GA, a man named Larry McElroy was just hanging out in his yard when he saw a rascally armadillo. He took out his 9mm and shot it dead. The armadillo had his revenge: the bullet that killed him ricocheted off his shell, hit a fence, went through the door of McElroy's mother-in-law's mobile home, through the armchair where she was sitting and into her back.

Thankfully, 74-year-old Carol Johnson is fine and recovering speedily from her injury.

Apparently, shooting at armadillos in residential areas isn't considered the worst idea in the world. It can be an effective form of pest control. The Lee County Sheriff's Department recommends that folks use something besides a 9mm, telling WALB, "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."

And if things go wrong firing off a shotgun, try blaming it on the dog.

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