Man Shoots Armadillo, Bullet Hits Mother-In-Law

Mother's Day may be a little awkward for Larry McElroy next month.

Sheriff's deputies in Lee County, Georgia, said McElroy, 54, accidentally shot his mother-in-law with a 9mm pistol when he was trying to shoot an armadillo, reports.

The armadillo died from the shot, but the bullet ricocheted off the animal, hit a fence and went into the back door of his mother-in-law's mobile home -- a distance of about 100 yards.

Then it went through the recliner where the 74-year-old woman was sitting and into her back, according to

Carol Johnson, 74, was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover, according to

Officials have not said whether McElroy faces any charges for the shooting.

James Morgan, the Dougherty County Extension Coordinator, told WALB TV that shooting armadillos is recommended for residents that live in the county, or a trap can be used to capture them.

"At first I ask if they live in the city or county, because shooting is an effective way of getting rid of them. However, you have to be safe when you do that," Morgan told the station.

UPDATE: This version of the story includes quotes from James Morgan about shooting armadillos.



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