Wapello Co., Iowa — The Sheriff’s Office was called to a local hospital on Jan 4 for a report of a woman with a gunshot wound to the back of her head.
Deputies discovered that Janet Wright, 73, had suffered a gunshot while in her kitchen.
Wright heard a loud noise and felt pain to the back of her head and then discovered she was bleeding heavily. She immediately drove herself to the hospital. Doctors removed a bullet.
Deputies later arrested Lee Joseph Ryals, 34, of Chillicothe.
[Multiple news reports refer to Ryals as a hunter; since he was attempting to take game after dark and without a license (among other violations), he is, in fact, not a hunter but a poacher. – Ed.]
Around 7 p.m., Ryals reportedly fired a gun at a deer from the front deck of his residence.
The round missed the deer, traveled across a field and across 100th Avenue before striking Wright. What’s Killing U.S. Big Game Hunters?
The Sheriff’s Office charged Ryals with a pair of firearms felonies.
Conservation officers later charged Ryals with multiple violations including Possession of a Prohibited Rifle while Hunting Deer. Read more.