Hunter from Wichita dies after a dog steps on rifle
GEUDA SPRINGS, Kan. (KAKE) - The Sumner County Sheriff's Office has identified a man who died over the weekend after his dog stepped on a rifle, causing the firearm to discharge.
The incident happened at around 9:40 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of 80th Street, north-northeast of Geuda Springs. The sheriff's office said the man, 30-year-old Joseph Smith, was sitting in the front passenger seat of his pickup and he had hunting gear and a rifle in the backseat.
"A canine belonging to the owner of the pickup stepped on the rifle causing the weapon to discharge," the sheriff's office said. "The fired round struck the passenger who died of his injuries on scene."
Smith was from Wichita. A GoFundMe has raised more than $12,000 for his family.
Brown's Plumbing Services, the GoFundMe organizer, said Joseph was one of its employees.
"Joe is absolutely the most unique individual I have had the pleasure of meeting. No matter how bad or stressful my or our day was, Joe always had something to lift our spirits."