Hunter ‘shot by his own DOG’ after foot on trigger of loaded shotgun by pet steps into boot of hunter’s car while packing in Turkey
- Ozgur Gavrekoglu, 32, was on a weekend hunting trip in Turkey’s Alaçam district
- Thought to have loaded the shotgun into his car before stepping on his dog’s weapon
- The dog’s paw pulled the trigger and blasted the new father at point blank range.
A new father was shot at close range by his pet dog while he was packing up after a hunting trip in Turkey.
Ozgur Gavrekoglu, 32, was about to return from a weekend of hunting on the Kizlan Plateau in Alaçam district of Turkey’s Samsun province when the tragedy unfolded yesterday.
Gavrekoglu was believed to be loading the shotgun into the boot of his car when his dog jumped into the vehicle and its paw pulled the trigger.
Hunter was blown up by his own weapon and was killed almost instantly.
Ozgur Gavrekoglu posing with a dog in an undated photo. He died in Alkaim, Samsun, Turkey
Enthusiastic hunter killed after one of his dogs allegedly stood over a gun in the boot of his car
According to Turkish media reports, as the hunter was putting his dog into the boot of the car, the dog stepped on the trigger of the still-loaded shotgun, which was turned back towards its owner.
Gavrekoglu’s body was first taken to Alaçam State Hospital and then transferred to the state capital Samsun for post-mortem.
Local media reported that the victim hunter had become a father just 10 days before his tragic death.
Gavrekoglu, an apparent dog lover, posted a series of photos with several different dogs on hunting trips and it is unclear which hound was responsible for his untimely death.
Gavrekoglu, a keen hunter, was reported to have become a father less than two weeks before his death yesterday
Gavrekoglu posted a series of photos with several different dogs on hunting trips – it is unknown which of his dogs was responsible for his death
Ozgur Gavrekoglu poses with a pair of birds and a shotgun in an undated photo
A recent photo posted on social media shows Gavrekoglu smiling widely while holding a string of dead birds with one hand and cradling a dog’s neck with the other.
Police and prosecutors are investigating Gavrekoglu’s death and no conspiracy is suspected.
But some media reports suggest that the killer dog claim may have been a cover-up for the murder.
At least one news outlet reported that the version of events widely reported in local media seems unlikely and that Ozgur may in fact have been the victim of a targeted attack.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the case.