In what’s likely the most bizarre story we’ve come across in the recent weeks, police are still trying to piece together the moments leading up to an Oklahoma woman being shot.
Their prime suspect?
A labrador retriever.
Now, before we can get to who actually pulled the trigger, let’s back up for a moment. Police say that Tina Springer was with Brent Parks, the man she provides aide to throughout the day, and Parks’ dog, a seven month old golden lab named Molly.
The three were together in a vehicle in Enid, and were stopped on the road while they waited for a train to pass by.
Then, suddenly, a gun inside the car discharged, hitting Springer in her leg.
Reports from the Daily News surmised that while officials are still putting pieces of the puzzle together, it appears as though the dog leapt from his spot in the backseat onto the center console. Police believe the sudden action may have caused the cloth from the seat covers to be wedged into the firearm’s trigger well, causing it to go off.
Dispatchers had a tough time figuring out what was going on when they received the frantic 911 call from Parks, who is 79-years-old.
“She’s bleeding pretty bad,” Parks can be heard saying over the phone. “A gun went off and got her in the leg!”
Well, it just went off. . . . We have a dog in here and it (inaudible) the gun,” Parks says on the call.
Clearly thinking they may have misheard what the caller was saying, the dispatcher again tries to clarify what had happened.
“The dog shot her?”
Parks’ reply is simple.
“Yeah,” he says.
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In the background of the call, Springer can be heard moaning in pain.
“I don’t feel good!” she calls out as the dispatcher organizes a team of emergency responders to get to the scene.
The dispatcher continues to talk Parks through the traumatic series of events, asking him if he has something that he can fashion a tourniquet out of, as Springer was losing quite a bit of blood.
“I’m trying to find something to wrap around her leg,” Parks says in the released 911 call.
An Oklahoma woman was apparently shot by her dog, a Labrador retriever.
The gunshot wound left a bullet lodged in her left thigh, according to cops who believe a seat cover might have played a role in the shooting.https://t.co/ckqGMTzbzk
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 6, 2019
KFOR reported that Parks eventually used his belt to secure pressure around Springer’s thigh, quite possibly saving her life.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene and transported 44-year-old Springer to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center via Life EMS.
The emergency call was released to the public. You can listen to it below.
Parks says that the .22 handgun is his, but he doesn’t usually keep it loaded.