A stray bullet found embedded in a deck could have had fatal
Mosgiel man John Elliott was stunned to discover the
projectile sticking out of his hardwood deck on Sunday.
''This scares the hell out of me.''
The deck had been a popular place in recent days for family
members, including grandchildren, and he was thankful no-one
was there when the bullet landed.
''I think it would have been fatal,'' he said.
He had not heard any shots, but had his own theory on the
''Some muppet has failed to determine his background, and
it's come clear over the hill, from behind us,'' Mr Elliott
said, of the area towards Saddle Hill.
''I am a responsible hunter myself and I would be devastated
if my stupidity had caused harm to someone else.''
He believed the bullet may have come from a .308 hunting
rifle, and ''my personal feeling is someone may have fired
towards a ridgeline and it has carried on over and come on
His shock discovery had been reported to police, who
investigated the scene and removed the bullet last night.
''The projectile was in remarkably good condition,'' he said.
Sergeant Kevin Davidson, of Mosgiel, told the Otago Daily
Times the bullet was a public safety issue.
''The consequences could have been very serious,'' he said.
The bullet potentially came from the direction of Saddle
''We have had reports of people poaching up there,'' he said.
''It looks like a stray shot and there does not appear to be
any malice involved.''
The incident served as a reminder for firearm users to be
aware of their responsibilities, including identifying their
''And with this time of year being duck-shooting, we ask
people to be aware of the safety requirements when using a
firearm,'' he said.
Two injuries were reported on Saturday during opening weekend
A 44-year-old Wairarapa man was injured in the elbow
following an accidental shotgun blast.
A member of his group was charged with careless use of a
firearm and appeared in court yesterday.
In the second incident, a man near Glenorchy suffered minor
injuries from shotgun pellets.