Dog bites man

April 1, 2010

By Jacob Quinn Sanders.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Stupid dog.

Bandit, Paul King’s old Jack Russell terrier, never learned to shut up. If he had, King’s right big toe might still be intact.

King, 20, was shooting a .22-caliber Ruger pistol at a decade-old Dell computer for target practice Tuesday morning outside his grandmother’s house on Bandy’s Ridge Lane in Pulaski County. He’d already rained bullets and pellets at the computer, hitting it with a .30-30 rifle and a 20-gauge shotgun.

He was barefoot and on uneven ground. The dog trotted outside but King didn’t see him.

Bandit barked. Startled, King clenched his fists as his arms dropped. The gun went off.

“That’s right,” he said. “I shot myself in my own toe.”

He said he knew right away it was dumb enough to be funny.

“Man, the entire time, I was laughing,” he said.

His grandmother, Sheila King, 63, had been at her nursing-home job for 15 minutes when he called about 10:45 a.m.

“He asked me if I could come home and I had to ask why and he said, ‘I just shot myself. I got a bullet stuck in my toe,’” she said. “I said ‘Oh, Lord, put it up and put some pressure on it and I’ll be right there.’”

His field bandage of choice: a sock.

At UAMS Medical Center, a security guard asked King as he was wheeled in if he had any metal on him.

“Not unless you count the bullet in my toe,” King said back.

The bullet shattered the top of his toe and exited on the left side.

“There’s still some lead fragments in it,” he said.

The Pulaski County sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Geary went to UAMS to check on what he heard was a “shooting victim.” He found no crime to investigate.

“Staff at the UAMS ER said Paul’s wound is consistent to his story as to how it happened,” Geary wrote in his report.

King said he shoots at targets often but is rarely barefoot. Not to mention that the safety was off and his finger was on the trigger.

“Maybe I can’t blame the dog,” he said. “Maybe it should be ‘stupid me.’”

Told his story would be in the newspaper, King laughed and said he was happy to provide an example of the wrong ways to handle firearms and the consequences that go with that.

“Learn from my mistake,” he said.

At least, he said, he gets a story to tell out of it.

“It was an accident,” he said. “It hurt. Am I going to do it again – well, I’m going to try real hard to avoid that.”

  1. […] I wrote two stories. One was about a man who shot himself in the toe after an old Jack Russell terrier named bandit came outside and barked while the guy was target-shooting barefoot. I had a little fun with it. […]

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