Police: Man Surrenders After Accidentally Firing Stray Bullet Into Home

TAMAQUA, Pa. -- Police now know how a stray bullet ended up in a home in Schuylkill County, narrowly missing a woman inside.

Kristina Bates told us the bullet went through the bathroom window of her home in Tamaqua Monday afternoon and landed on the floor.

As police were driving to Bates' home, Devin Lockhart called officers to say he accidentally shot his refrigerator with his handgun.

Lockhart told police the gun fired when he was cleaning it.

The bullet passed through his refrigerator, out his window and into Bates' window.

Lockhart is charged with reckless endangerment in Schuylkill County.



  • yougottabekiddin1

    I always make sure my firearms are loaded when I clean them…it keeps things interesting. First look down the barrel. There are no accidents with firearms, just gross incompetence!

  • truthbetold37

    Don’t fine the dude. He had the sac and morals to step forward. Here’s your punishment. Take a gun safety course and there will be no fines….simple as that.

  • A day without sunshine

    But, but: “Bates believes the bullet came all the way from the mountains in the distance, where people are known to hunt and fire rifles.”

  • straubdavid9

    So many basic firearm safety rules being broken …. why was he even cleaning a loaded gun, and what was meant by “cleaning”? Was he just wiping down the exterior, and what kind of handgun was it?

      • jsrant

        At least he was man enough to come forward. In a case like this he should be made to take a gun safety course that are offered before getting his gun back along with any fines.

      • darkhorse6669

        JSRANT- shouldnt anyone who wants to own a firearm take and complete a class before ownership is allowed? If we are going to allow guns there NEEDS to be a saftey program enforced, just like there is for hunting.

      • The system

        “If we are going to allow guns…” Sorry Charlie, you don’t get to make that call. That RIGHT was given to us by a bunch of guys a lot smarter than you.

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