Georgia man accidentally shoots, kills son-in-law after bullet flies through cow

A Cherokee County man was accidentally shot and killed by his father-in-law after a bullet passed through a cow’s head and struck him, officials said.

The men, both of Waleska, were trying to euthanize the cow that had just given birth and suffered a severe injury Tuesday morning, Cherokee County sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker told

Herbert Jordan, 74, was trying to kill the cow by shooting it, Baker said. But when he fired the shot, the bullet passed through the cow and struck 59-year-old Jackson Garland, his son-in-law.

Garland was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The shooting appears to be accidental but remains under investigation, Baker said. No charges have been filed.

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