GTA Online player taken by surprise after dying cop takes them out with a stray bullet

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An image of some cops in GTA Online.

Many GTA Online players are pretty lethal in battle at this point, a result of thousands of hours spent grinding away at daring heists and dangerous sales missions with their dedicated crews in order to boost their in-game bottom line.

After all, if you’re stuck fighting griefers until GTA 6 arrives, you’re bound to develop some pretty sick shooting skills.

However, it seems that there are some NPCs who still have a few tricks up their sleeves in order to ruin a cocky killer’s day, as one player on Reddit recently found out.

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Forget about arrows to the knee, how about taking a surprise shotgun blast to the foot?

Their unfortunate demise is the subject of a recent thread in the GTA Online subreddit, which began with a post from the player in question, user Objective_Middle_696, who shared a clip of them battering a cop, who proceeds to decimate them with a stray bullet as he falls to the ground, captioning it: “Cop shot me after he died lol.”

Many of their fellow players didn’t seem too surprised by the sudden turn of events, with user Shashlik_McBlin saying: “A thing I have noticed with AI in GTA is that because of them falling, there is a chance that they pull the trigger from the shock of the fall” and HotRodHunter adding: “Guns discharging when dropped isn't much of a thing these days. Still very much a thing in the movies though, appropriate for Vinewood!”

User ophaus provided a bit of an extra warning regarding GTA’s loose cannon NPCs, claiming: “The gun can (also) go off if you step on a dead body,” while Admirable-Bluebird-4 offered a possible explanation for both phenomenons, musing: “Always keep your finger off the trigger. A dead man won’t be able to follow that (advice).”

Meanwhile, a few players offered alternative explanations, with user Mikeronni suggesting: “Homie was just rocking the ‘undying will’ perk” and GrazhdaninMedved proposing that the cop’s motto might have been: “Even in death I still serve.”

On the other hand, user AJ_Deadshow argued that the player was at fault for the incident, saying: “Well don't stand in front of the barrel genius, (that’s) gun safety rule (number) one.”

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