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Police: Bullet that struck moving vehicle likely fired by a hunter

December 1, 2011

By Heidi Fenton, HollandSentinel.com

Allegan County —

A large bullet hole found Wednesday in the back of a car traveling north on U.S. 131 near 129th Avenue likely came from a weapon fired by a deer hunter, sheriff’s deputies today said.

A woman pulled over around 5 p.m. in Wayland Township after hearing a loud noise near the back of her car and found a large bullet hole minutes later, authorites said.

The woman called 911 and an Allegan County Sheriff’s deputy arrived to investigate.

Authorities believe the bullet that struck her vehicle came from a muzzleloader or a shotgun because of its diameter.

Allegan County Sheriff's Lt. Frank Baker said there were no injuries resulting from the vehicle being struck, but urged hunters to exercise caution with firearms when close to roadways or areas with a potential for danger to others.

"Be aware the projectiles travel a long distance and make sure you have a backstop so accidents don't happen," he said.

The Michigan State Police and Department of Natural Resources were called to help locate suspect, but authorities say the time that elapsed between the fired shot and the 911 call hindered the investigation since the hunter likely left the field as darkness fell.

The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate.

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