Adding insult to injury, the public is now aware of this gent’s very own Plaxico Burress moment. But for the reporting law, nobody would have been the wiser. As reported by The Corvallis Gazette-Times:
Ethan Bennett, 36, told Benton County sheriff’s deputies he was at his residence at 24750 Cox Lane in Monroe about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday when he tried to shoot the [squirrel] with a .22-caliber rifle.
The squirrel reportedly ran up his left leg, and he pulled the trigger, hitting himself in the foot.
Deputies contacted Bennett at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, where he drove himself after the accident. Law enforcement agencies investigate all gunshot wounds admitted to the hospital.
Hospital personnel said Bennett was treated and released.
And if you’re worried about the squirrel …
Capt. Greg Ridler said Bennett did not kill the squirrel.
Whew. Not surprisingly, “Bennett declined to comment about the incident.”