Iowa man says his dog shot him while they were playing

Fort Dodge Police Matt Weir, left, Larry Hedlund and Jacob Naatz examine a Ruger 9mm handgun during an investigate an accidental shooting at 2230 Ninth Ave. S. Photo courtesy Joe Sutter, Fort Dodge Messenger

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — With best friends like these, who needs enemies?

An Iowa man says his dog inadvertently shot him while they were roughhousing Wednesday.

Fifty-one-year-old Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and tossed the dog off his lap. He says when the pit bull-Labrador mix bounded back up, he must have disabled the safety on the gun in his belly band and stepped on the trigger.

The gun fired, striking one of Remme’s legs. He was treated at a hospital and released later that day.

Remme told The Messenger newspaper that Balew is a “big wuss” and laid down beside him and cried because he thought he had done something wrong.

Police Chief Roger Porter called the shooting a freakish occurrence.