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Police: Kenai woman shot by accident

Posted: August 8, 2012 - 8:54am

A Kenai woman was wounded Monday after two men in a nearby shed fought over a rifle and caused the firearm to discharge several times, said Kenai Police Department Lt. Dave Ross. 

A bullet struck Jaylee Harris, 44, of Kenai, in the back when it exited the shed in the backyard of 5040 Beaver Loop Road. 

According to Ross, Thomas Fruichantie, 47, and William Chapman, 21, both of Kenai, were fighting over a .22 rifle in the shed. During the struggle, the rifle fired several times, and one of its rounds exited the shed through a wall striking Harris. 

Emergency responders transported Harris to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment of her injuries. KPD did not have an update on her status. 

At 2:37 p.m., the Kenai Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of the shooting. About 15 minutes later, officers were maintaining a perimeter around the Beaver Loop home. The officers questioned Fruichantie and Chapman at opposite ends of the property’s backyard. 

Criminal charges have not been filed, but the incident is still under investigation, said Ross. 

Fruichantie’s criminal record includes assault, family violence and theft charges. He pleaded no contest during some of those cases, according to court records. 

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com. 

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radiokenai 08/09/12 - 06:54 am
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Bullet Proof Vest? Proper PPE's?
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I thought it was Standard Operating Procedure for Officers to always wear their Bullet Proof Vests, especially for call-outs involving domestic violence?

Albeit, there is the possibly that she was wearing her vest, and the .22 bullet found a chink in the armor.

But if not, perhaps the Chief may want to have a chat with Mrs. Jaylee Harris in regards to wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment...

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