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Law enforcement put community on notice after stray bullets hit homes

November 1, 2011

By Gerran Thomas, WPSDLocal6.com

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. Deputies have issued a stern warning to their community after stray bullets hit two local homes.

"Treat every weapon like it's loaded," said McCracken County Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow. "Keep your finger off the trigger till you are ready to shoot.
Make sure you know what your backstop is and that your backstop will stop that particular round."

That's advice Turnbow said can't be repeated enough after bullets ended up where they don't belong: inside local homes.

It's happened not once but twice in just the past week.

On Oct. 23, deputies said a bullet hit a home on Ted Williams Road in McCracken County.

The bullet went through a bedroom window and into a wall.

Then, four days later, another bullet hit a different home.

Deputies said around 7 p.m., a 30-caliber bullet went through the kitchen window at a home on Fieldmont Drive, also in McCracken County.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in either incident.

But deputies and local families said the accidents should serve as a timely reminder to think and stay safe.

It happened almost a week ago but Linda Tutor remembered it like it were yesterday.

"It took away my feeling of tranquility and security in my own house," she said. "It was shocking."

She and her husband Jimmy were relaxing at home when the evening took a dramatic turn.

"All of a sudden, we hear this loud crash," she remembered. "We didn't know what it is for a minute. It's sort of shocking."

The two came into the kitchen and saw white plastic on the floor, shattered glass and hole in the blind.

"When I looked and saw the hole in the window, it was just obvious that it was a bullet hole."

Tutor said the bullet hit too close for comfort.

The bullet came through the window, hit a chair at the dinner table and then fell on the floor.

Deputies said it is likely the end result of a hunting accident gone wrong.

The Tutors estimate the shot was fired about three to five miles away, somewhere in the direction of nearby woods.

Sheriff's deputies said because there was no damage to the bullet, it was not deflected or knocked off course and pictures of damage like that done to the Tutors home should serve as a warning for all shooters.

"Once the trigger is pulled, there is no power on earth that can pull that bullet back and it will destroy whatever it hits," Chief Deputy Turnbow said.

With deer hunting season just around the corner, sheriff's deputies and gun enthusiasts said safety can't be stressed enough.

LYNN MCCUTCHEN, OWNER SHOOTER'S SUPPLY TC:24:34 "You've got to know what's behind what you're shooting at and then have something there to stop that bullet from continuing on," said Lynn McCutchen, the owner of Shooter's Supply.

McCutchen recommends sighting your gun at a shooting range so bullets don't end up where they don't belong.

The Tutors take comfort knowing the damage wasn't any worse and hope caution and good sense keeps it from happening again.

Sheriff's deputies said shooters can be held criminally liable if bullets fired from a gun hurt or kill someone accidentally.

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