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Hunter faces charges after bullet flies through Epping house

December 9, 2011

By Jason Schreiber, UnionLeader.com

EPPING — A local hunter was charged Thursday for allegedly firing a handgun that sent a bullet flying through the walls of a house last week.

Jordan Adams, 20, of Dearborn Road, faces charges of negligent discharge, a Class B misdemeanor, and shooting across a public way, and use of full metal jacket bullets while hunting, both violations.

Authorities said Adams was hunting with a friend in the area of Old Hedding Road on Nov. 29, when one of the rounds fired from a handgun shot across the road and into a house at 30 Old Hedding Road.

The bullet entered the front of the house, passed through a sitting room next to a kitchen where homeowners Seth Roy and Caitlin O’Connor were standing, and exited the rear of the house.

The incident occurred after Adams discovered a deer in a field area across from Old Hedding Road and fired his first shot with a rifle, Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris McKee said. He hit the deer, but when it started to take off, Adams walked closer to it and decided to use a .40-caliber handgun to fire more rounds. McKee said Adams fired four full metal jacket rounds, which are illegal to use for deer hunting.

Investigators were able to track the round that hit the house. McKee said it cut through pine tree branches and grazed a tree before going across the road and into the house.

“The key is to make sure you identify the target and what’s beyond it as well. He knew better than to shoot that way. I think he got deer fever and everything went out the window,” McKee said Thursday.

The bullet left holes in the drywall and vinyl siding, but McKee said Adams plans to take care of the repairs.

“He is in contact with the homeowners and is working out a way to have it fixed,” McKee said.

Ironically, McKee said the house Adams hit is the same one that his uncle helped build. The uncle still has siding left over to replace the pieces that were damaged, McKee said.

McKee said Adams will likely face fines for the incident.

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