Police: Kenai woman shot by accident

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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