Plumber, 32, identified as Kansas man accidentally shot when dog stepped on trigger

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The Kansas hunter who was found dead on Saturday after being accidentally killed when a dog pulled the trigger on his gun has been identified and remembered as a musician, plumber and family man.

Joseph Smith, 32, of Wichita, was found near the hamlet of Geuda Springs, 50 miles south of Wichita and home to 194 people just north of the Oklahoma border after the dog – believed to belong to Smith – accidentally shot him down. Sheriffs believe he died around 9:40 a.m.

“A dog belonging to the owner of the pickup truck stepped on the gun, causing the gun to fire,” the sheriff’s office said. The bullet fired hit the passenger who died of his injuries at the scene.

Chris Brown, owner of Brown’s Plumbing Services and Smith’s boss, remembered Smith earlier this week. “Joe is absolutely the most unique person I have had the pleasure of meeting,” he wrote. “He was loved by all of us from all walks of life and loved the same.”

Joseph Smith (pictured), 32, of Wichita was found near the hamlet of Geuda Springs, 80 miles south of Wichita and home to 194 people just north of the Oklahoma border Sheriffs believe he died around 9:40 a.m.

Brown started a GoFundMe on behalf of the family to help with funeral and memorial expenses.

“No matter how bad or stressful my or our day was, Joe always had something to cheer us up,” he added. “I’ve been a plumber for a long time and I’ve met a lot of different guys, but I’ve never met another Joe and I’m sure there may not be another.”

Smith’s sister, Jen, added her own recollection: “Joseph Smith was a truly amazing man. He was kind, funny, intelligent and very affectionate. Every time he walked through the door, he made someone smile. Either being a goofball or just his natural presence that makes everything better.

“It wasn’t hard to like Joe because he always made you feel like you were one of a kind and never left a conversation without letting you know he loved you. Joe will be sorely missed by so many. He was a great friend, employee, cousin, brother, son and dog owner. We have loved and lost one of the best. Rest in peace Joseph.’

The photos show Smith not only as a plumber and dog lover, but also as a musician.

On Tuesday, more than $9,000 of the $20,000 goal was raised to “enable Joe’s family to grieve without the burden of financial stress,” Brown said.

Their sentiments echo a friend who defended Smith on social media after many mocked the unfortunate accidental shooting before he was identified.

The Kansas hunter who was found dead on Saturday after being accidentally killed when a dog stepped on the trigger of his gun has been identified and remembered as a musician, plumber and family man

The Kansas hunter who was found dead on Saturday after being accidentally killed when a dog stepped on the trigger of his gun has been identified and remembered as a musician, plumber and family man

Chris Brown, owner of Brown's Plumbing Services and boss of Smith, wrote:

Chris Brown, owner of Brown’s Plumbing Services and boss of Smith, wrote: “Joe is absolutely the most unique person I have had the pleasure of meeting.” He was loved by all of us from all walks of life and loved the same’

Brown started a GoFundMe in the family's name to help with funeral and memorial expenses

Brown started a GoFundMe in the family’s name to help with funeral and memorial expenses

“To all the comedians and weapons experts out there: This boy was my friend, having been his father’s best friend for over 20 years,” he wrote. “These comments are hateful.

“I know this family very well and I can’t tell you how much their heart hurts right now. Shame on you.’

Pet shootings are rare, but not unheard of.

In November, a 32-year-old man in Turkey was reportedly shot and killed by his own dog after the dog stepped on the trigger of a shotgun and shot him.

Ozgur Gevrekoglu was killed while hunting with his friend on the Kizlan plateau in Turkey’s Samsun province, Turkiye newspaper reported, according to Newsweek.

Smith's sister, Jen, added her own recollection: “Joseph Smith was a truly amazing man.  He was kind, funny, intelligent and very affectionate.  Every time he walked through the door, he made someone smile.  Either being a goofball or just his natural presence makes everything better'

Smith’s sister, Jen, added her own recollection: “Joseph Smith was a truly amazing man. He was kind, funny, intelligent and very affectionate. Every time he walked through the door, he made someone smile. Either being a goofball or just his natural presence makes everything better’

The photos show Smith not only as a plumber and dog lover, but also as a musician

The photos show Smith not only as a plumber and dog lover, but also as a musician

Smith was celebrated by the owner of Brown's Plumbing Services, where Smith worked

Smith was celebrated by the owner of Brown’s Plumbing Services, where Smith worked

Putting his dog in his car, the animal’s paw touched the loaded weapon and the gun shot Gevrekoglu at close range.

He was taken to hospital after the incident and later pronounced dead.

And in 2015, an Indiana woman was shot in the foot by her dog, named Trigger.

Allie Carter, 25, laid her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground unsafely while hunting waterfowl in the Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area, said Jonathon Boyd, conservation officer for Indiana.

Boyd said Trigger, a chocolate Labrador retriever, got on the shotgun and pulled the trigger.

He said Carter was shot in the left foot at close range, suffering injuries to his foot and toes.

She was treated at two hospitals and released.