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GOP Lawmaker Pulls A Dick Cheney, Accidentally Shoots A Fellow Hunter

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STEVE VAUGHAN
Oklahoma state Rep. Steven Vaughan, R-Ponca City, listens during a joint legislative budget committee meeting in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Oklahoma state Rep. Steve Vaughn (R) admitted to accidentally shooting a comrade on a hunting trip in March, according to The Oklahoman.

Vaughn said he apologized to fellow hunter Drew Ihrig after a shotgun pellet from the lawmaker's 12-gauge shotgun struck Ihrig in the side of the head.

“I shot at the bird and, I guess, one of my BBs hit this guy," Vaughn told The Oklahoman. “It could have bounced off a tree. He was in some trees. I really didn’t see him that good in the trees. And...it hit the side of his face. I didn’t even know I hit him."

Vaught said he isn't totally sure he was the one who fired the shot that hit Ihrig, because "everybody's shooting," but "it probably would have been [me] because the bird did go that direction and I did shoot that direction."

Vaughn said he was angry with himself for the incident.

"I’m a safety guy. Gosh, I’m as safety as I can be. I was so mad at myself for even thinking about shooting the bird in this direction where I knew he was down in there,” Vaughan said.

This story might sound familiar. That's because former Vice President Dick Cheney made a similar mistake in 2006, when he shot lawyer Harry Whittington in the face during a quail hunting trip at the Armstrong Ranch in Texas.

Read more on the story at The Oklahoman.

(h/t TPM)

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