(October 1, 2003) - (Brownwood, Texas-AP) -- Authorities in Texas are trying to determine whether a man actually was bitten by a rattlesnake in a Wal-Mart, as he claimed. When firefighters arrived Monday afternoon at a Brownwood store, they found a small dead Western Diamondback rattler in a box. Fire officials say a man told firefighters he reached for a pair of shoes in the shoe department when the snake bit his hand. Officials say the man told them he stomped the snake to death, then walked to the sporting goods section and told an employee he had been bitten. A store official says police told her it didn't look like a freshly killed snake.