Unbelievable Shooting: Gives New Meaning to ‘Dodging a Bullet’
How about a brush with death alongside your evening TV programming?
A Redmond, Oregon woman is lucky to be alive today after literally dodging a bullet this week while watching television in her home.
In Oregon, the Bend Bulletin reported that a 9 mm bullet traveled through several obstacles before reaching its unintended victim. At least one exterior wall, a fence, and a picture frame slowed the bullet down significantly before it literally – in the words of the Redmond Police Department – “bounced” off a Redmond woman’s head just before 10:00 p.m.
Redmond police Lt. Curtis Chambers revealed that the victim’s injuries were superficial.
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“She had a knot on her head. You could feel it, but it didn’t bleed or puncture anything. It was like having a small rock thrown at you.”
The bullet originated from the victim’s neighbor, who fired off a round from inside his home on Wickiup Avenue. Investigators followed the trajectory of the bullet to an exit hole on the side of the neighbor’s home.
Ryan Pine, 24, has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of reckless endangerment, and second-degree criminal mischief. Interestingly, Pine had an outstanding warrant against him. Drugs and alcohol may also have played a role in the incident.
Investigators concluded that Pine did not specifically target or attempt to intimidate anyone when the bullet was discharged.
“What he was doing is not exactly clear,” Chambers said.
By the Grace of God
Several factors conspired to save this survivor’s life. God’s hand appears to have been protecting her. The victim informed officers that she had rearranged her living room furniture’s layout the previous week. The couch she very likely would have used to watch television on Monday had formerly been placed in the area where the bullet entered her home.
“Had her furniture been arranged in the previous position, it’s possible it could have struck her immediately and caused more of an injury,” Chambers said.
Chambers reported that the victim is grateful to be alive, but didn’t want to speak with the media about it, saying the whole thing was overblown.