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Man attempts to shoot at a squirrel scampering up his leg but instead shoots himself in the foot

December 1, 2011

From DailyMail.co.uk

A 36-year-old Oregon man accidentally shot himself in the foot while attempting to annihilate a pesky squirrel.

Ethan Bennett told the Benton County sheriff’s department that he was at his home last Wednesday when the rodent began running up Mr Bennett’s left leg.

He told police he then tried to shoot the squirrel with his .22-calibre rifle.

Mr Bennett missed the rodent, and shot himself in the foot instead.

He reportedly drove himself to the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Centre, where he was treated for his injuries.

Deputies contacted Mr Bennett at the hospital – it is a law that all gunshot wounds be reported to authorities.

Mr Bennett was treated and released, hospital personnel told the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

The squirrel, meanwhile, managed to escape. Captain Greg Ridler said that Mr Bennett did not manage to kill it.

He hypothesized that Mr Bennett got spooked as the rodent was ascending his leg. ‘The squirrel scared him,’ the captain said.

Mr Bennett declined to comment on the ordeal.

Monroe is a small Willamette Valley community south of Corvallis.

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