Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2004


By Sarah Schulz
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Publication Date: 11/16/04

SHELTON -- A Kearney County woman was injured by bullet fragments Sunday in rural Buffalo County when a man fired a rifle over the top of the vehicle in which she was seated.

Rochelle Kreutzer, 38, was seated in the driver's seat of her 1979 Chevrolet Caprice and was injured by bullet fragments when Rodney Solano, 42, fired a rifle over the top of the vehicle and a bullet entered the passenger compartment, according to a press release from the Buffalo County Sheriff's Department.

Buffalo County Sheriff's Capt. Bob Anderson said Solano, who is also of Kearney County, was the front seat passenger in the Chevy. He got out of the car, left the door open and laid the rifle over the top of the car before firing.

Kreutzer was struck in the upper torso and head, Anderson said.

The incident occurred at 5:25 p.m. Sunday, according to the press release.

"The preliminary indication is this was an accident," Anderson said.

The incident occurred in a field just west of the intersection of 24th and Sioux roads in the southeast corner of Buffalo County, approximately six miles south and two miles west of Shelton, Anderson said.

Following the incident, the couple used a cell phone to call 911 and drove to a nearby state wayside area to wait for medical assistance, Anderson said.

Kreutzer was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Information on her condition wasn't available Monday.

The Buffalo County Sheriff's Department worked with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to investigate the incident since hunting was involved. Their reports will be forwarded to the Buffalo County attorney's office, where it will be determined if any charges should be filed, Anderson said.

The Grand Island Independent

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