February 22, 2017

Police: No one injured when bullet shot through walls "bounces" off Redmond resident's head

From Redmond Police:

On Monday evening, February 20th, at approximately 9:45 pm, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received a call from the 2400 block of SW Wickiup Court, Redmond, where it was reported a bullet had come into a house, and “bounced” off the head of one of the residents inside, while seated watching television.  Redmond Police Officers responded to investigate.  Officers confirmed there was no injuries and located a bullet on the floor, where it came to rest after “bouncing” off the head of the resident.  An initial investigation at this house confirmed the bullet entered the house from the outside, going through a fence, the exterior wall of the house, and a picture frame, before hitting the resident in the head.

Other Officers were searching the area and located an apparent bullet hole on the exterior of a house at 2486 SW Wickiup Ave, directly to the south of the victim residence.  Officers contacted the adult resident, detaining him.  During the investigation, a 9mm firearm was found inside a bedroom, along with a spent 9mm casing.

Redmond Police arrested Mr. Ryan Pine, 24 years of age, and a Redmond resident, for several crimes (listed below).  The exact circumstance regarding how or why the firearm was discharged will not be released.  However, Redmond Police believes the discharge of the firearm was not intended to harm any other person.  Drug and alcohol impairment appear to be contributing factors in this incident.

Assault in the Third Degree
Reckless Endangering Another Person x 5
Child Neglect in the Second Degree x 2
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
Outstanding in-state arrest warrant

The walls and fences of our homes provide a false sense of protection when comes to high-velocity projectiles, such as a bullet from a firearm.  The Redmond Police Department would like to remind all people it is a crime to discharge any firearm within a city limit.  Cities have a high population density. Therefore there is an increased risk of unintentional injuries or property damage when a firearm is discharged within a city. 

We would also like to remind everyone of the four cardinal rules of firearm safety:

1.      Always treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
2.      Never allow the muzzle of any firearm to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
3.      Never put your finger near the trigger until you are ready to fire.
4.      Always be sure of your target, and what is behind and in front of it.

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