Early Thursday morning, along Highway 77, outside Marietta, a Texas man was struck in the head by his own bullet after firing at an armadillo, KLTV reports.

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe told Reuters that the animal’s shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the shooter’s jaw.

“His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said. The man was airlifted to the hospital. His jaw was wired shut.

The status of the armadillo is unknown. “We didn’t find the armadillo,” Rowe said.

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