Plumber, 32, identified as Kansas man accidentally shot and killed when a dog stepped on the trigger

Author: Yuvi January 25, 2023


The Kansas hunter who was found dead Saturday after he was accidentally killed when a dog stepped on the trigger of his rifle has been identified and is being remembered as a musician, plumber, and family man.

Joseph Smith, 32, from Wichita was found near the hamlet of Geuda Springs, 50 miles south of Wichita and home to 194 people just north of the Oklahoma border after the dog – believed to be owned by Smith – accidentally shot him. Sheriffs believe he died around 9:40am.

‘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.

Chris Brown, owner of Brown’s Plumbing Services and Smith’s boss, remembered Smith earlier this week. ‘Joe is absolutely the most unique individual I have had the pleasure of meeting,’ he wrote. ‘He was loved by all of us from all walks of life and loved the same.’

Joseph Smith (pictured), 32, from Wichita was found near the hamlet of Geuda Springs, 50 miles south of Wichita and home to 194 people just north of the Oklahoma border. Sheriffs believe he died at around 9:40am

Brown has begun a GoFundMe on behalf of the family in order to help with the funeral and memorial costs.

‘No matter how bad or stressful my or our day was, Joe always had something to lift our spirits,’ he added. ‘I have been a plumber for a long time and met many many different guys but never have I met another Joe and I am confident there may not be another.’

Smith’s sister Jen added her own remembrance: ‘Joseph Smith was a truly amazing man. He was kind, funny, smart, and very loving. Every time he walked through the door, he would make someone smile. Either from being a goofball or just his natural presence making everything better.

It wasn’t hard to love Joe because he always made you feel like you were one of a kind and never left a conversation without letting you know he loved you. Joe is going to be dearly missed by so many. He was a great friend, employee, cousin, brother, son, and dog owner. We have loved and lost one of the best. Rest in Peace Joseph.

Photos show Smith as not only a plumber and avid dog lover, but a musician.

As of Tuesday, over $9,000 of the $20,000 goal has been raised to “allow Joe’s family to grieve without the burden of financial stress,” Brown said.

Their sentiments echo a friend who defended Smith on social media after many mocked the unfortunate, accidental shooting before he’d been identified.

The Kansas hunter who was found dead Saturday after he was accidentally killed when a dog stepped on the trigger of his rifle has been identified and remembered as a musician, plumber and family man.

The Kansas hunter who was found dead Saturday after he was accidentally killed when a dog stepped on the trigger of his rifle has been identified and remembered as a musician, plumber and family man.

Chris Brown, owner of Brown's Plumbing Services and Smith's boss, wrote: 'Joe is absolutely the most unique individual I have had the pleasure of meeting.  He was loved by all of us from all walks of life and loved the same'

Chris Brown, owner of Brown’s Plumbing Services and Smith’s boss, wrote: ‘Joe is absolutely the most unique individual I have had the pleasure of meeting. He was loved by all of us from all walks of life and loved the same’

Brown has begun a GoFundMe on behalf of the family in order to help with the funeral and memorial costs.

Brown has begun a GoFundMe on behalf of the family in order to help with the funeral and memorial costs.

‘To all the comedians and weapons experts here: This boy was my friend, having been best friends for over 20+ years with his dad,’ he wrote. These comments are hateful.

‘I know this family very well and cannot tell you how much their hearts hurt right now. Shame on you.

Shootings by pets are rare, but not unheard of.

In November, a 32-year-old man in Turkey was reportedly shot and killed by his own dog after the canine stepped on the trigger of a shotgun and it fired at him.

Ozgur Gevrekoglu was killed while out hunting with his friend in the Kizlan Plateau, in the Samsun Province of Turkey, the newspaper Turkiye reported, according to Newsweek.

Smith's sister Jen added her own remembrance: 'Joseph Smith was a truly amazing man.  He was kind, funny, smart, and very loving.  Every time he walked through the door, he would make someone smile.  Either from being a goofball or just his natural presence making everything better'

Smith’s sister Jen added her own remembrance: ‘Joseph Smith was a truly amazing man. He was kind, funny, smart, and very loving. Every time he walked through the door, he would make someone smile. Either from being a goofball or just his natural presence making everything better’

Photos show Smith as not only a plumber and avid dog lover, but a musician.

Photos show Smith as not only a plumber and avid dog lover, but a musician.

Smith was celebrated by the owner of Brown's Plumbing Services, where Smith worked

Smith was celebrated by the owner of Brown’s Plumbing Services, where Smith worked

While putting his dog into his car, the animal’s paw touched the loaded weapon and the rifle fired at Gevrekoglu from a short distance.

He was taken to the hospital after the incident and later pronounced dead.

And in 2015, an Indiana woman was shot in the foot by her dog, named Trigger.

Allie Carter, 25, laid her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground without the safety on during a waterfowl hunt at Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area, said Indiana conservation officer Jonathon Boyd.

Boyd said Trigger, a chocolate Labrador retriever, stepped on top of the shotgun and depressed the trigger.

He said Carter was shot in the left foot at point-blank range, suffering injuries to her foot and toes.

She was treated at two hospitals and released.

Author: Yuvi

My name is Yuvi, I work as Sub Editor at newscinema.in

25 January, 2023, 2:43 pm

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