Homeowner still believes sheriff’s site was origin
LAFAYETTE — A bullet that struck a shed one morning in June in north Lafayette, nearly hitting two contractors, was not fired from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office’s shooting range, according to a report by State Police that is being disputed by the shed’s owner.
“There is no scientifically sound hypothesis that would suggest that this specific bullet came from the LPSO shooting range on (June 11, 2013),” reads the report by State Police, which conducted an investigation in late June after homeowner Kay Suire was not satisfied with the earlier findings of sheriff’s investigators.
Suire, contacted Monday, said she’s also not satisfied with State Police findings.
Suire said another investigator is looking into the June 11 incident that occurred at 9:40 a.m. when a father-son contractor team was erecting a shed in Suire’s yard.
Suire said the report’s conclusion — that the shot came from a location closer to her home — is easy for her to doubt.
“I don’t believe it because we have things that are contrary to what they’re saying,” Suire said. “There’s a lot of red flags in all of this.”
Skip Bodin and his son Josh were building the shed in Suire’s yard at the residence on Lajaunie Road, north of Interstate 10, when the bullet entered the south wall of the shed and became embedded in an insulated wall 30 feet across on the opposite side of the structure.
The Bodins and Suire believed the bullet came from the Sheriff’s Office shooting range, south of I-10 at 350 Michael Ann Drive, about a mile from Suire’s home, the report said.
Trajectory examinations and an inspection of the bullet that lodged in Suire’s shed pointed to it being fired from a gun closer to where it landed, said the report, written by State Police Sgt. Preston Savoy.
Savoy said three investigators narrowed the bullet’s take-off point to a field near a subdivision about 1,300 feet from Suire’s shed.
The subdivision’s location, like Suire’s home, lies north of I-10, and residents there told investigators they sometimes heard shooting in an open field near Bluewing Drive.
“Based on evidence gathered and the totality of the investigation, it reveals that the bullet which fell through the shed at 1300 Lajaunie Road … did not come from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office shooting range,” the report said.
The incident in June was similar to one in March 2011.
A Janel Drive resident told sheriff’s deputies she noticed “the sun was shining down from a small hole on the metal roof” of her home, according to a Sheriff’s Office report, which stated a few .40-caliber rounds were found in or near the home.
The Janel Drive home also is about a mile from the sheriff’s shooting range.
Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kip Judice said the shooting range opened in 1986 and complaints about errant bullets possibly coming from the range are rare.
Judice said he remembers only the Lajaunie Road and Janel Drive incidents.
Suire said she will continue to pursue answers.