April 14, 2015 11:05 AM EDT

Police in central Georgia are baffled by a case in which a man accidentally shot his mother-in-law Sunday night because the bullet ricocheted off of an armadillo, WALB News reports.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports that Larry McElroy’s bullet killed the armadillo, then bounced off of a fence and hit his mother-in-law Carol Johnson in the back as she was sitting in a recliner in her mobile home, according to WALB News. She was not critically injured, and no charges were filed.


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