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|Police Chief Tells His Side of Shooting Range Incident
|Galesburg's top cop says a lot of investigating has been done in the last couple days regarding the Tuesday night incident where a fisherman on Lake Storey claims he and his boat were hit by a bullet from the police department's firing range.
Chief David Christensen says he does know that officers were firing .22-caliber rifles at close range to a berm at the shooting range Tuesday around the late-afternoon time Derek Price claims his leg was grazed and his boat were hit.
But Christensen tells WGIL he doesn't think it was a bullet that hit Price and his boat.
"We took a look at our berm and measured some distances to the place where the bullet supposedly landed," Christensen said. "We're doing our best to try to determine if it indeed was a bullet from the range, we just can't understand that it was at all."
"But it's been thoroughly investigated. We are talking to all the folks who were out here at the time that were training."
Nevertheless, Christensen says Price has been extremely cooperative with authorities, and that he believes his officers have acted properly and professionally, including during the course of the investigation.
Price has claimed police initially treated him like the one who did wrong, when officers did things like running a background check on him. But Christensen says that's standard operating procedure for virtually every police call.
(Chief David Christensen stands in about the area where rifle practice would have been taking place Tuesday. The berm is behind him.)
(This is the type of bullet that would have been used Tuesday night. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|06 08 12 by Newsroom
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