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Man accidentally shot mother-in-law after bullet ricocheted off armadillo

Man accidentally shot mother-in-law after bullet ricocheted off armadillo

A man who shot an armadillo ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal known for its hard shell.

Police said 54-year-old Larry McElroy fired his 9mm pistol at the armadillo in the southern US state of Georgia.

Deputies said the bullet killed the armadillo but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, travelled through the back door of the mother-in-law's mobile home and the chair in which she was sitting, hitting her in the back.

Carol Johnson, 74, suffered injuries described as non-life-threatening. Sheriff's investigator Bill Smith said she was walking and talking afterwards.

Officers said Mr McElroy was about 100 yards away from the home in Leesburg when he shot the armadillo.