Shot In Head By Poacher, Tough 73-Yr-Old Drives Herself To The ER

Conservation officers discovered that the round that struck an Iowa woman traveled 123.5 yards before it entered her home through a living room window, traveled the length of the house, and struck her in the back of the head.

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. 


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