“The improbable flight path of this bullet makes the Kennedy single bullet theory seem plausible”

(courtesy walb.com)

“Lee County Sheriff’s deputies say 54-year-old Larry McElroy fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo Sunday night,” timesunion.com reports. “Deputies say the bullet killed the armadillo, but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, traveled through the back door of the mother-in-law’s mobile home and the recliner in which she was sitting, striking her in the back. McElroy’s 74-year-old mother-in-law, Carol Johnson, suffered injuries described as non-life-threatening . . . Lee County Sherriff’s deputies say McElroy was about 100 yards away from the home when he shot the armadillo.” Click here for the video on the story. And no, it’s not April 1.


  1. avatar gbo says:

    Must’ve been +P – yeah, that’s it….

  2. avatar PeterW says:

    Who wants to bet there was more than 1 shell casing on the ground?

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      I was heading for the comments to say something like “2 bullets, one big lie”.

  3. avatar Vhyrus says:

    If you’ve ever shot your mother in law in the back through the wall of her trailer while aiming at an armadillo…..

    1. avatar Bob Wall says:

      YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK!!! 😀 (with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy)

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Double snot rocket!

      2. avatar Geoff PR says:


        ‘Might’ my ass.

        That’s known as confirmation.

  4. avatar DBM says:

    I think I saw Davy Crockett make that same shot in the Disney Movie! Too bad he didnt hit my mom in law:-)

  5. avatar vv ind says:

    Yeh……and its going to rain in CA…..

    Did he by chance see this armadillo while he was hunting snipe, bigfoot or maybe flying pigs?

    1. avatar JoshuaS says:

      Snipe is a real animal. There are 25 species of bird called snipe

      1. avatar Xanthro says:

        Plus, it gives us the word Sniper.
        It’s not that snipes don’t exist, or that snipe hunting means hunting something imaginary, it means hunting something that is really really hard to hit and requires much skill.

        1. avatar Chinwi says:


  6. avatar foo dog says:

    ShootingTheBull. Call your office.

    New ammo test variable : Armadillo Ricochet Capable

  7. avatar SkyMan77 says:

    Or did someone arm-a-dillo… 🙂

    Sorry, couldn’t resist…

    1. avatar DBM says:

      I think he said “Armored Dildo”

      1. avatar Chrispy says:

        So… he shot his mother in law’s armored dildo and the ricochet hit her too. That seems much more plausible!

  8. avatar preston says:

    i have been saying for a LOOOOOOONg time, 9mm is over powered for its size.

  9. avatar Gatha58 says:

    Another inaccurate news story. Guessing that the round may have killed the armadillo but most certainly did not bounce off of it and kill it at the same time. Likely went through it and hit the MIL or through it and bounced off of something else. This statement assumes that the shooter did not make all of this up as an excuse for a ND and shot the armadillo after the fact to confirm his story.

    1. avatar John Smith says:

      That’s highly, highly plausible.

    2. avatar Stinkeye says:

      I’m waiting for an update like, “A forensic examination later showed the armadillo to be taxidermied.”

  10. avatar AustinFla says:

    How did it bounce of the armadillo and still kill it? Maybe a thru and thru but I dont see how the bullet didnt penetrate the dillo

  11. avatar Ralph says:

    The cops got it wrong. Larry McElroy didn’t say he shot his mother while trying to destroy an armadillo. He said he shot his mother while trying to destroy her armadildo.

    Who can blame him. The poor guy couldn’t get a wink of sleep with all that loud buzzing in the next room of the trailer.

  12. avatar Other Chris says:

    Huh, I have been dealing with my mother-in-law completely wrong all these years. Now I just need to find an Armadillo….

  13. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    Whenever you read a story like this, there’s always manufactured housing involved.

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      I’ve never really understood that term. Other than living in a cave, isn’t pretty much all housing “manufactured”?

      But you’re right. A story like this is almost never missing the word “trailer”.

      1. avatar Marco says:

        I believe what people mean when they say that is pre-fabricated, or prefab. Makes much more sense, and is easier to say then manufactured housing. Pre-fab is more accurate, in that it was fabricated prior to being moved to a site and installed.

        And THIS is why I want TX to pass open carry. I’ve had a lifelong dream to move to Texas, get full cowboy regalia on, get a shiny revolver in at least .44, and shoot an armadiller.

      2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

        Manufactured housing. it’s a thing. Assembled on an assembly line out of ready-made parts, which are themselves manufactured (cut, drilled, machined, etc.) before arriving at the assembly line.

        As opposed to construction, where raw materials are delivered to the site and the various parts of the house are cut, drilled, painted, etc. on-site.

        Manufacturing is more efficient and lends itself to superior quality, as long as you’re building thousands of the same thing and the finished product can be shipped to the customer.

  14. avatar DV says:

    That settles it: 9mm > .45cal

    1. avatar Grindstone says:

      I’d bet the lower-velocity .45 wouldn’t have bounced so far. “.45 ACP: because you don’t want to accidentally hit your mother-in-law.”

  15. avatar Will says:

    Saw a great show where they pretty much duplicated the Kennedy “magic” bullet dead on.

    It was a great presentation. The most amazing thing was that they used ammunition from the same manufacturer lot that Oswald used.

    Excellent forensic recreation, no magic whatsoever.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      The key variable missing from many analysis: Connelly’s jump seat was raised up higher than Kennedy’s.

  16. avatar BDub says:

    Yeah, cool story, bro.

  17. avatar Paul53 says:

    And Jennifer Aniston or Gwyneth Paltrow will show up at my door tonight, cold, wet, naked, and scared.

    1. avatar Marco says:

      Wait, you’d take crunchy granola Gwyneth Paltrow? Different strokes.

      And depending where you live, that could be more likely than not :O

    2. avatar JWM says:

      “First it puts the lotion on….”

  18. avatar the ruester says:

    Obviously the round skipped off the ground after killing the diller. Great demo of why you should never “shoot for the leg.”

  19. avatar David says:

    If the armadillo had more weight to keep it anchored this might not have happened. I am guessing that the bullet “pushed” the little creature a bit and this helped the projectile glance off rather than penetrate.

  20. avatar rhampton says:

    “Lee County Sheriff’s deputies” — any relation to Rosco P. Coltrane?

  21. avatar jsallison says:

    From my time in 2-1 cavalry at west Ft Hood, armadillo soccer more fun and mom in law safe. Just keep a Sheridan handy to jump up on if the ‘dillo starts foaming at the mouth. Hey, my mom in law was neat folk.

  22. avatar Marc says:

    How did he get the dillo in cahoots with him?

    I just wanted to say cahoots.

    1. avatar JWM says:

      Cahoots. It just doesn’t seem to work its way into everyday conversation much these days.

  23. avatar Independent George says:

    There’s only one thing you can possibly say to this (NSFW):


  24. avatar dwb says:

    Guns. Armadillos. 9mm. What could go wrong.

    Paging Mythbusters.

  25. avatar Yngvar says:

    Be sure of your target and what is in front of it.

  26. avatar dranosh says:

    I think my wife got the “in law”part considering I like both of my in laws

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