A new father was apparently shot dead at point blank range by his pet dog while packing up after a hunting trip in Turkey.
Ozgur Gevrekoglu, 32, was about to return from a weekend of hunting on the Kizlan Plateau in Turkey’s Samsun province’s Alacam District when the tragic incident occurred yesterday.
Gevrekoglu is thought to have been loading the shotgun into the boot of his car when his dog jumped in and depressed the trigger.
The hunter was blasted by his own weapon and killed almost instantly.
According to Turkish media sources, while the hunter was loading his dog into the trunk of the car, the dog stepped on the trigger of the still-loaded shotgun that was aimed back at its owner.
Gevrekoglu’s body was carried to Alacam State Hospital before being transferred to Samsun, the state capital, for a post-mortem examination.
According to local media, the hunter had just become a father 10 days before his tragic death.
Gevrekoglu, an obvious dog lover, posted a series of photos with various dogs on hunting trips, and it is unknown which hound was responsible for his untimely death.
Gevrekoglu was seen grinning broadly while holding up a string of dead birds with one hand and petting a dog’s neck with the other in a recent Instagram photo.
Police and prosecutors are investigating Gevrekoglu’s death, and no foul play is suspected.
However, some media reports speculated that the killer dog claim could be a cover-up for a murder.
At least one news outlet reported that the version of events widely reported in local media appears unlikely, and that Ozgur may have been the victim of a targeted attack.
The case is being investigated by the Office of the Public Prosecutor.