A Texas man, aiming for an armadillo, was injured after the bullet ricocheted and hit him in the head.
Local sheriffs in the Marietta area of East Texas said the gunman is being treated for a minor injury to the jaw.
Three shots were fired and at least one ricocheted off the shell.
Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe told Reuters that the shooter opened fire in the early hours of Thursday morning when he spotted the armadillo on his property.
“He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Sheriff Rowe.
That led Ricky Gervais to coin the now infamous phrase.
Texas man shoots armadillo, bullet ricochets back into his face http://t.co/1TNl5y3yVN karmadillo!
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 1, 2015