Dog accidentally shoots ex-LSU lineman in Mississippi

Matt Branch

Matt Branch

Doctors there were unable to save the wounded leg of the Louisiana native and former offensive lineman, and it was amputated during a "life-saving" operation.

"I think that's when it hit me how serious it was", Heckford said.

Micah Heckford tells The Clarion Ledger that he and several others were on an annual duck hunting trip near Eagle Lake when Matt Branch was accidentally hit by a blast from his shotgun, which was left loaded in the bed of a pickup truck.

Matt Branch lost his leg after a Labrador retriever named Tito stepped onto the safety of his shotgun, sending a bullet through the hunter's left thigh. "Everybody looked up. The first thing I saw was Matt, and within two to three seconds, he realized he was hit".

Branch was taken to a road that first responders could access.

Branch, who'll turn 30 on March 1, was taken to a medical facility in Vicksburg and later transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Beat the winter blues with the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet
The process now takes approximately 12 seconds and the top can be opened or closed at speeds up to 31 miles per hour (50 km/h). The 2020 911 Carrera S Cabriolet is due later this summer with a base price of $127,350, while the 4S will start at $134,650.

"At approximately 9:40am, [we] were all standing around the bed of the (Polaris) Ranger and Matt had laid his gun down flat in the bed of the Ranger and walked around on the passenger side to finish loading up", Mr Heckford said.

'The gun shot, ' Heckford said.

"All of us have hunted for 20 years or more and none of us thought about that happening", Heckford told the newspaper. The Louisiana hunter was preparing to move positions during a duck hunt with friends on family-owned property near Mississippi's Eagle Lake on December 28 when a Labrador retriever managed to shoot him. The opportunities for an accident are there and we just don't realise it.

Reached Wednesday afternoon by phone, Heckford said he and his hunting buddies hold no ill-will toward the dog, which seemingly understood that "something went wrong", he said.

Wait, WHAAAAAAAAAAAT? Just stay with me here. And he knew something was really wrong. As Heckford explained, firefighters cut off Branch's waders and trousers.

Recommended News

  • Watch today's epic Doodle for Google victor , which has adorable dinosaurs

    Watch today's epic Doodle for Google victor , which has adorable dinosaurs

    Sarah, who says she wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up, delighted the Doodle staff with her illustration of dinosaurs. Sarah Gomez-Lane from Falls Church, was announced as the victor of the Doodle for Google competition for 2018.
    Apple taunts CES tech rivals with privacy ad

    Apple taunts CES tech rivals with privacy ad

    For those who don't know, this is the same building where this year's biggest tech conference, CES 2019, will take place . Apple, which does not maintain a regular presence at CES, did not immediately return FOX Business' request for comment.
    Kevin Hart Apologizes Again for Past Gay Jokes

    Kevin Hart Apologizes Again for Past Gay Jokes

    The Hollywood Reporter states that Hart issued an apology for his past comments on his Straight From the Hart podcast this week. When asked if he is hosting the Oscars this year, he simply said, "No" and that it's too late to prepare.
  • Fact-checking Trump's prime-time speech to the US

    Fact-checking Trump's prime-time speech to the US

    Her 70-year-old cousin Rita Jackson-Vega supports the president and said afterward that she believed Trump was trying his best. So, how do we untangle this mess? Pelosi on Tuesday called those proposals "smart, effective border security solutions".
    'I didn’t ask for the shoeshine': ScoMo's hilarious response to Photoshop fail

    'I didn’t ask for the shoeshine': ScoMo's hilarious response to Photoshop fail

    It was supposed to be the ideal political portrait - the smiling family man prime minister with his beaming wife and kids. It was also pointed out by another user, Andre Serna, that the shoe on Mr Morrison's right foot was actually a left shoe.
    Golden Globes 2019: 4 best viral moments

    Golden Globes 2019: 4 best viral moments

    Following the three-hour red carpet extravaganza at the iconic Beverly Hilton in Hollywood, Cuthbert called the evening "amazing". She also stole the spotlight from the likes of Jim Carrey , Dakota Fanning and Camilla Belle .
  • Kitchens, Stefanski finalists for Browns job

    Kitchens, Stefanski finalists for Browns job

    Per the report, several of the team's current assistants from the previous regime have already been asked to remain with the team. Kitchens interviewed on Monday and has still not been given permission to talk with other teams for coordinator positions.
    Microsoft to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan: Bill Gates

    Microsoft to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan: Bill Gates

    Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the prime minister on his victory in the recent general elections. As a result of enhancement efforts, polio from Pakistan would likely be eliminated by end of 2019.
    Lindsay Lohan Threatens to 'Become Vladimir Putin' in Her New TV Series

    Lindsay Lohan Threatens to 'Become Vladimir Putin' in Her New TV Series

    She admitted that being the boss is "a lot of work", adding, "It's a journey, but it's great". She said she "would be terrified to audition", continuing: "I think I would freeze".
  • North Korea's Kim ends China visit as Trump summit looms

    North Korea's Kim ends China visit as Trump summit looms

    He arrived in Beijing in his famed armored train early Tuesday morning and held meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping . When asked to respond, Adams simply told RFA to ask China.
    Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat - 01/06/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

    Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat - 01/06/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

    Compare odds and from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new NBA Odds & Betting Page . Prince is out until at least mid-January with an ankle sprain: that takes the Hawks' third leading scorer out of the mix.
    Wife of one of Norway's richest men abducted; ransom demanded

    Wife of one of Norway's richest men abducted; ransom demanded

    Hagen's husband, Tom, was ranked number 172 in financial magazine Kapital's list of Norway's top 400 richest people . The police are now asking the public for any information regarding the search for Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.