Argument over dead raccoon led to shooting, Sheriff says

ALLYN, WA (AP) — Authorities say an altercation over a dead raccoon led to a shooting in rural Washington state.

Mason County sheriff’s Lt. Travis Adams tells Seattle news station KOMO-TV  that a man was walking along a highway Sunday dragging the roadkill behind him with a rope. The animal had been hit by a car, and he wanted to use it as crab bait.

Adams says two vehicles stopped, and people confronted the man because they thought he was dragging a dead dog. One person who had been in a pickup truck shot the man twice in the leg. Both vehicles then sped off.

Deputies have contacted people in the other vehicle, and authorities say they’re cooperating. No arrests have been made.

The man is expected to recover.

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