RCMP waiting on forensic report after Eckville woman hit by stray bullet

RCMP must wait until firearms forensic experts have completed their investigation before making a decision on charges in a hunting accident that wounded an Eckville woman.

RCMP must wait until firearms forensic experts have completed their investigation before making a decision on charges in a hunting accident that wounded an Eckville woman.

“We recovered the firearm and we retrieved the round in the house,” said Sylvan Lake RCMP Sgt. Duncan Babchuk on Thursday.

But police firearms investigators must determine that the round fired came from that gun before a decision can be made on laying charges. It could take a number of weeks for that work to be done.

A 49-year-old Eckville woman was wounded in the leg while sitting at a table in an upstairs room in her home on Monday morning.

RCMP said the round was fired by one of a group of four hunters stalking deer nearby. The bullet passed through a stand of trees before hitting the home, which is located about five km northeast of Eckville.

The woman was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre to be treated for her injuries.

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