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State Police: LPSO not responsible for stray bullet

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State police say the bullet found at the Suire residence on Lajaunie Rd. in Lafayette on June 11 was not from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Shooting Range.

Back in June, Kristy and Howard Suire claimed contractors working on their shed were nearly hit by a stray bullet they believe came from the range, but state police say otherwise.

"We are currently in the process of dealing with engineers and NRA personnel to determine where we go forward from here," says Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Spokesman Kip Judice.

According to a memo from the Sheriff's Office, the shooting range berm, an earthen backstop used to stop bullets from leaving the range, more than a half mile from the Suire's residence will be heightened at cost of $45,000.

"No, that's not satisfactory for us," says Howard Suire, owner of the residence where the bullet was found.

Suire says when the bullet came onto their property he claims to have heard gun shots emitting from the same direction as the range. 

"We think that they should redirect their line of fire, so they're not shooting in the direction of I-10, Lakewood Acres or the sub-division that our family and my neighbors live in," says Suire.

But, Judice says that could cost millions and would be excessive given that State Police found them not responsible.

"I would say that would be beyond what the people of taxpayers of Lafayette Parish need to spend to provide a piece of mind to the people in that area," says Judice.

Q: "Which part or parts of the report that came back bother you about the investigation?"

Suire:  "There's too many discrepancies between the Sheriff's Office reports and the State Police reports over the description of this bullet."

Suire is referencing this memo written during the Sheriff's investigation saying the bullet was black, slightly deformed with no scuff marks. The State Police report identified the bullet as copper-jacketed that had evidence of ricochet with impact to the nose and side of the bullet.

Judice says that discrepancy doesn't change more obvious facts of the case

"The manufacturer of that ammunition that was found in the shed is not the manufacturer or the ammunition we shoot at our shooting range," says Judice.

Judice says the range was built in 1987 before many of the houses, including the Suire's, who built their house some five years ago. And he says the range will not re-open until they finish modifications to the berm.

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