Jun 20, 2013 5:03 PM by MELISSA CANONE
An investigation of a stray bullet entering a resident's shed revealed that the origin of the bullet was probably not from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office shooting range. Residents were concerned that stray bullets entering their shed were coming from the range. They say this happened at least five times in the past year.
On June 11, 2013, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a bullet entering a shed in the 1300 block of LaJaunie Road in northern Lafayette Parish. Due to proximity and direction of the gunshot to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Shooting Range the LPSO range was immediately closed until a full internal and criminal investigation could be conducted.
Some investigative reports indicate the origin of the bullet was not the LPSO range, including a trajectory report which indicates that given the point of final rest aligning with the initial point of entry into the shed would lead back to point well west of the LPSO range.
Secondary is the ballistics which identifies the bullet as having been a Federal ammunition round, LPSO does not supply that brand of ammunition to the shooters on that range. Ballistics comparison has eliminated the three 40 caliber handguns that were being shot by cadets on that date as having fired the round based on rifling characteristics.
Criminal investigators have located at least two witnesses who both provided statements that individuals are shooting in the area north of I-10 between Hunter's Forest subdivision and the 1300 block of LaJaunie Road a point half the distance from where the LPSO range is from the shed that was struck.
LPSO Administrative personnel have met and shared results with residents in the area who are concerned that the origin of the bullets is the LPSO range, as a result of this meeting the criminal investigation is being turned over to Louisiana State Police and Sheriff Mike Neustrom is consulting with shooting range designers to determine how to best resolve the concerns of the residents given the new information.
The range remains closed.