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    Bullet From Oklahoma Police Gun Range Hits Military Veteran a Mile Away [MERGED]

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    ELK CITY, Okla. — A bullet fired from a police gun range hit a military veteran as he stood outside a car dealership almost a mile away, officials said.

    "It felt like someone hit me with a ball bat or like a bird struck me in the side," said Bill Bolechala, who had served 24 years in the military including a stint in Vietnam without being wounded.

    "I was wiping my left side because it kind of hurt, and when I looked down, I had blood all over me," he said.

    Bolechala was treated at a hospital after being shot Tuesday and was released later in the day. He said the doctors left the bullet in his side, between his ribs and hip, but will remove it if the wound becomes infected.

    Elk City Police Chief Bill Putnam said the bullet must have ricocheted off a metal frame that holds targets at the gun range. The range has a protective berm, but the bullet must have gone over it, he said.

    "It was one of those fluke deals," Putnam said Wednesday. "I'm glad he wasn't hurt any worse than he was. We've been using that range for at least 30 years and we've never had a bullet get out of there and cause any damage."

    He said he plans to replace the metal target frames with wooden ones.

    Bolechala, a city councilman from nearby Burns Flat, said he has no ill-will toward the police, who told him they will pay medical bills related to the shooting. He said he has no plans to sue.
    This is nothing but accidental (unless someone was goofing off at the range), it's just a shame someone was hurt.
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    The chances of that happening seem almost impossible...but that's why we have so many 'cautions' about dealing with weapons...
    Very strange, for sure...
    Glad the unintended 'target' survived...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotaranger View Post
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    This is nothing but accidental (unless someone was goofing off at the range), it's just a shame someone was hurt.
    Almost a mile with enough force to wound *after* being deflected enough to miss a (presumably) properly constructed berm? What were they shooting, a cannon?

    Though the statement that it felt like "a bird struck me" or being "hit with a ball bat" is a little odd too; either he's thinking of really light fluffy ball bats or really hard heavy birds to equate the two.

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    What are the odds, he should buy a lottery ticket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kd5nrh View Post
    Almost a mile with enough force to wound *after* being deflected enough to miss a (presumably) properly constructed berm? What were they shooting, a cannon?

    Though the statement that it felt like "a bird struck me" or being "hit with a ball bat" is a little odd too; either he's thinking of really light fluffy ball bats or really hard heavy birds to equate the two.
    Bird strikes can knock the wind out of you if you're on a bike - my stepfather almost blacked out once after taking a pigeon on the jaw at 70 mph.

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    Hate to see this


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotaranger View Post
    Bolechala, a city councilman from nearby Burns Flat, said he has no ill-will toward the police, who told him they will pay medical bills related to the shooting. He said he has no plans to sue.


    We need more people like this in our country. I live in Madison County, Illinois. We are the proud holder of the sue happy capital of the World.
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    Merged threads into this one...
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    A total example of absolute fluke occurrence - the odds are massive. Glad the guy is otherwise OK.

    the doctors left the bullet in his side, between his ribs and hip, but will remove it if the wound becomes infected.
    Surprised at that - assuming depth fairly shallow the first thing I'd expect is remove the sucker, and get good healing. May be missing something but - that would be priority for me!
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    merged this thread as well.
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    Ricocheted? I dunno... I'd believe ND though!
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    Refreshing to see someone NOT get lawyers and turn this into an "I won the lottery" issue.

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