A Russian man was shot dead by his own dog after venturing into the snow-covered countryside near the border with Kazakhstan.
Named by local media as Sergey Terekhov, the 64-year-old hunter from Saratov was out with his cousin and their hunting dogs near his home on Sunday when he sustained a lethal shotgun wound. The prime suspect is his Estonian Hound, Newsweek reports.
“The weapon rested on his knee, with the butt facing down and the barrel pointing towards his stomach,” Galavkin told the outlet, outlining the suspected chain of events that led to the man’s death. When the hunters released the excited dogs from the car, the man’s pet is believed to have run toward him, tapping the trigger of his double-barreled Soviet Toz-34 shotgun.
In a statement to Newsweek the committee’s press service confirmed that, although investigators are still working to determine all facts, the preliminary theory is that the man held the weapon that went off as the dogs rushed out of the car, climbing on him.
Terekhov’s fellow hunter quickly called the ambulance, but Terekhov died on the way to the hospital due to the severity of his abdominal cavity injury.
Terekhov’s social media page on the Russian platform Odnoklassniki features multiple images of him roaming the wilderness with the dog that is suspected of killing him.