Are armadillos bulletproof? A freak accident in Texas has law enforcement asking that very question after a man shot one of the critters, only to have the bullet ricochet back and hit him in the face.

KSAT reports that around 3 a.m., the man ran outside with his .38 revolver and opened fire.

According to Reuters, Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man “shot at the armadillo three times.” At least one bullet hit the animal’s hard shell, deflected, then struck the man square in the jaw, Rowe stated.

There have been no reports of anyone recovering the armadillo, so it’s status remains unknown.

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