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Sheriff: Stray bullets a growing problem in Rogers County

Sheriff{ }Walton said his department is already stretched thin, and these types of calls put even more of a burden on his deputies. (KTUL)

For Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton, the last five days have been difficult. Stray bullets, meant for game, are finding their way to unsuspecting victims.

The problem, said Walton, is the close proximity between hunting spaces and living spaces in Rogers County.

"Homes being shot, cars being shot," said Walton.

One smashed the window of a car as it drove down a county road. Another shot through the window of a house, while the owner was at home.

"The projectile went through walls and actually struck a television set," said Walton.

The sheriff thinks hunters could be to blame.

Barbara Barbee and Angela Vanderiet live just across the street from the home where a bullet crashed through the window.

They say stray bullets aren't unusual around here.

"It's been going on for quite a few months," said Barbee.

Vanderiet said she's worried about the safety of her kids.

"My son's room is right there at the front of the house. I don't need a stray bullet coming in and hitting him by any chance," said Vanderiet.

Walton has nothing against hunters, but he does want to send out a message.

"If a house is struck, or someone is injured by a stray round, certainly that person can be held accountable for a felony," said Walton.

Walton said his department is already stretched thin, and these types of calls put even more of a burden on his deputies.

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