Stray police bullet kills Noble youth
A 5-year-old boy died Friday evening after he was apparently hit with a stray bullet from a Noble police officer who was attempting to shoot at a snake, said Noble City Manager Bob Wade.
“I think we need to have a full investigation and gather all the facts,” Wade said. “It makes you wonder why an officer would shoot into the air like that.”
Noble police were responding to a call of a live snake that was stuck in the rafters of a house about 6:30 p.m. Friday in a rural part of Noble in the Crestdale addition off of South Etowah Road when the incident happened, Wade said.
“One of the officers made the decision to shoot the snake,” he said. “After he fired, they heard a commotion coming from a field behind the house.”
A bullet apparently hit the boy who was fishing with a relative nearby, Wade said.
The boy was taken to Norman Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Wade said.
Noble police chief Ben Daves was at the emergency room late Friday evening and could not be reached for comment.