Dachshund bites, gun goes off, man sentenced

The Billings Gazette reports:

A man who admitted to an accidental shooting in his home that endangered his wife was sentenced Thursday in District Court.

Scott Littlewood Orr received a three-year deferred sentence for felony criminal endangerment. Judge Susan Watters imposed the sentence after a public defender described Orr as a decorated combat veteran with no criminal record.

Orr was charged for an incident last Aug. 30. According to court records, Orr’s wife said she was sleeping when her husband came home intoxicated. The couple’s dog, a dachshund, bit Orr on the ear as he tried to kiss her, she said.

Orr retrieved a .40-caliber pistol and threatened to shoot the dog. The woman said she was holding the dog when the pistol discharged, sending a bullet into the bed. Orr said he thought the gun’s safety was on.