Bullet misses deer, travels 370 feet before hitting Iowa woman

Published: Jan. 8, 2019 at 1:38 PM CST
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A Wapello County man is facing felony charges after authorities said a bullet he shot at a deer ended up striking a woman in the back of the head.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, Janet Wright, 73, was cleaning her stove Friday night when she felt a pain in the back of her head. She was bleeding heavily and quickly drove herself to the Ottumwa Regional Hospital.

Turns out, she had been hit by a bullet which doctors removed.

Authorities said that bullet came from 34-year-old Lee Ryals who fired at a deer.

But the bullet missed the deer, traveled over a field and 100th Avenue, according to the sheriff's office. Altogether, the round flew 370 feet before it went through Wright's living room window and into her kitchen before hitting her in the head.

Officials said Ryals was reportedly intoxicated when he shot at the deer.

Ryals is charged with reckless use of a firearm as well as hunting without a license and shooting at a deer after legal hunting hours and attempting to take a deer illegally.