Iowa hunter misses deer, hits woman in home

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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KWQC) – Janet Wright was in her kitchen cleaning her stovetop last Friday night when she heard a loud noise.

Wright, 73, then felt pain in the back of her head and noticed she was bleeding heavily.

She drove herself to Ottumwa Regional Hospital where doctors removed a bullet lodged in her head.

Investigators would later determine the bullet had been fired by a man accused of being intoxicated while shooting at a deer.

Lee J. Ryals, 34, is now charged possessing a firearm as a felon and reckless use of a firearm.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Ryals was staying a camper in the 8700 block of 100th Avenue when he fired a gun at a deer from the front…

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