2018-05-16 / Police Beat

Bullet strikes woman’s house in Oregon Twp., no one injured

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

OREGON TWP. — Three weeks after Shirley Pfeil, 73, of Riley Township (east of Imlay City) was killed in her home by a stray bullet, a West Lake Road woman told Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies that she stepped from her shower to find a bullet hole in her bedroom wall.

Deputies were sent to a home on the 4700 block of West Lake Road at 3:16 p.m. Saturday (May 12) after Kelsey Clemens reported hearing a loud bang just after she’d finished her shower. The woman told deputies she found a spot on her bedroom wall where the drywall had been pushed out and on the opposite side of the room she found a .22 caliber bullet lodged in a fiberglass vehicle hood on the opposite wall.

Deputies reported finding what appeared to be a bullet hole in the siding outside the house next to the woman’s second-floor bedroom window.

Deputies determined the bullet may have come from a property on the 2600 block of Demorest Drive.

At a home on Demorest, deputies found two men who admitted to shooting a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic rifle at a pond on their property earlier in the afternoon. One man said he’d shot two 10-round clips and other said he’d fired one clip. Deputies noted there were several spent .22 cartridges in the grass on the property.

Deputies took photographs of the weapon and the area, but the woman whose home was hit declined to press charges.

In the Riley Township incident, a 21-year-old man who had been target shooting about 2,000 feet from Riehl’s home, was charged last month with careless discharge resulting in death and lying to a police officer.

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