Hard Head Repels 9mm Bullet
Bob McNally 02.23.17
Ever wonder how hot that 9mm handgun cartridge is in your personal protection arsenal?
Well, maybe not hot enough, if you consider the case of a Redmond, Oregon woman who was watching TV when a stray 9mm round thumped her in the head and bounced off without so much as puncturing the skin.
“She had a knot on her head. You could feel it, but it didn’t bleed or puncture anything,” said Redmond police Lt. Curtis Chambers. “It was like having a small rock thrown at you.”
The bullet came from the victim’s neighbor, who fired the round from inside his home, Chambers said. When police arrived, they followed the bullet’s trajectory to an exit hole in the neighbor’s house.
Ryan Pine, 24, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal mischief. Pine also had an outstanding warrant, and drugs and alcohol appear to be involved in the incident.
Chambers said it was determined Pine was not shooting at anyone or attempting to scare anyone.
“What he was doing is not exactly clear,” Chambers said.
After going through an exterior wall of her neighbor’s home and then a fence, the 9 mm bullet entered the woman’s home, went through a picture frame and — in the words of the Redmond Police Department — “bounced” off her head