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12-21-11, 11:37 AM #1
Accidental discharge from over a mile away kills Amish girl
MILLERSBURG -- A man cleaning his muzzleloader apparently discharged the fateful shot that, about a mile away, ended the life of 15-year-old Rachel Yoder as she drove her buggy home from a work Christmas party.
"It looks accidental," Holmes County Sheriff Timothy W. Zimmerly said Tuesday morning of the Thursday night shooting.
Investigators canvassing the area started getting reports of a shot fired to the southwest of the area on Friday. A day later, before they could act on those tips, the man's father called the office, Zimmerly said.
The suspected shooter was interviewed Monday evening, and, although unfortunate, Zimmerly said, the story he tells fills in the blanks of what happened the night Yoder was shot.
The man, who has yet to be named because of the pending investigation and possible criminal charges, was preparing to clean his muzzleloader when he fired the weapon into the air to clear the barrel.
Preliminary measurements indicate the residence is located within 1-1 1/2 miles of the location where the first traces of blood were found on the roadway, said Chief Deputy Nathan Fritz.
Although official ballistics reports have yet to be completed, the visual inspection of the bullet -- the weight and brand -- are consistent with those used by the shooter, Fritz said, noting it is well within the capability of the muzzleloader and its projectile to shoot a distance of more than a mile.
More at the link: The-Daily-Record.com - Round from mile-plus away killed girl Man cleaning muzzleloader fires shot that accidentally hits Rachel YoderNo one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~The opinions, beliefs, and ideas expressed in this post are mine, and mine alone. They are NOT the opinions, beliefs, ideas, or policies of my Agency, Police Chief, City Council, or any member of my department.
12-21-11, 12:16 PM #2
Rest in peace, Rachel. Another needless tragedy caused someone who does not understand simple physics. Every year at this time it seems someone is killed by a weapon discharged in the air.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
12-21-11, 03:12 PM #3
This is what happens when you ignore basic safety rules.'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.” Sigmund Freud
12-22-11, 05:44 AM #4
What kind of idiots think firing into the air is a good idea."all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" Edmund Burke.
"the world is a dangerous place place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do not do anything about it" Albert Einstein
12-22-11, 06:04 AM #5
Rest in peace.
12-22-11, 11:10 AM #6
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