You know the saying, “Don’t mess with Texas!”
Well that goes double for Texas armadillos! Having chased these critters as a kid, I can tell you they are tough. But I didn’t know they were this tough.
An East Texas man found out, as he tried to shoot one. When he did, the bullet ricocheted back, and hit him in the face. OUCH!
Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire.
Sounds like an interloper to me, and not a real Texan!
But then again, the critter did wander onto his property, and we know how Texans feel about their property.
According to what I read, the man shot the armadillo THREE TIMES with a .38 revolver. All the armadillo did was steal some cigarillos! And the critter was “on his way to college” in the Fall.
Anyway, the armadillo’s shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw. When I saw that part of the story, I thought: “I hope it was the THIRD bullet that hit him, or that guy was crazy to fire two more shots. OR, maybe it was the first one that deflected and hit the man in the jaw, and he got so mad at the armadillo, he tried to deflect two more bullets?”
So the man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to police.
The status of the animal is unknown, as they couldn’t locate it.
Personally, I think that armadillo is kicking back with his homies, saying “Some dude tried to shoot me, thinking he’s the LAW! I can go anywhere I want to in this mutha [bleep]! I’m KING KONG UP IN HERE!”
This isn’t the first time this has happened. Check out this Georgian:
Authorities say a woman was accidentally shot by her son-in-law while he was trying to shoot an armadillo.
The incident had a lot of people scratching their heads – even law enforcement.
“Just the circumstances, just all the way around, the whole situation was unusual,” said Investigator Bill Smith with the Lee county Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting happened Sunday night on Gosa Road.
Lee County Sheriff’s deputies said 54-year-old Larry McElroy was outside when he fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo. The bullet killed the animal, but also ricocheted off of it, hit a fence, went through the back door of his mother-in-law’s mobile home, through a recliner she was sitting in, and into her back.