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MN - Hunter's shot passes through girl's bedroom pillow

She took her morning shower, returned to find her pillow ripped to shreds and blamed it on the cat. But after taking a closer look she found a bullet hole in the pillow.

From the side of County Road 44 in Stearns County, deer stands can be spotted less than a mile from neighborhoods.

"To me it was just a regular shot, it was close, real close. Came from that general direction," said Tony Studer, who heard the shot fired around noon Sunday.

It may have sounded like no big deal, but the outside of his home has a half-inch reminder that it is still deer hunting season.

"I see that hole in the wall and my heart just sinks and I'm like this can't be what I think it is," Studer remembered.

A closer look showed a muzzle loading rifle shot traveled through the wall and into his daughter's bedroom, then into the linens.

"Entrance hole and an exit hole," Studer described while holding his daughter's pillow. The large bullet came to a stop after going through Johanna Armstrong's pillow. A pillow where she had been sleeping just an hour earlier.

"We actually found the slug wrapped up in the covers at the bottom of the bed," Studer said.

"She's pretty lucky she wasn't in bed with her head on the pillow," said Stearns Country Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold.

The rifle slug is now evidence in part of an ongoing investigation with the sheriff's department. Investigators say they've interviewed neighbors and are going through muzzle loader gun records to see if one is registered in the area.

A day later feathers from Johanna's pillow still line the entrance of her home as a reminder.

"Everyone of those feathers is a guardian angel and she needed everyone that day and it's true she needed everyone," her father said.

Minnesota's deer hunt muzzle loader opener was Saturday, November 24th.

Stearns County authorities ask that you call them if you have any information.

By Jeffrey DeMars, KARE 11 News

(Copyright 2007 by KARE. All Rights Reserved.)

Last Updated: 11/27/2007 12:35:29 PM

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