Stray bullet flies into home, narrowly misses father and son

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PLATTEVILLE, Colo. -- Less than 1 foot. That’s how John Burgess measures he and his son surviving a stray bullet Saturday night after it came flying into their home while they watched a football game.

“It was inches from our heads. It could have killed either one of us at either time,” Burgess said.

The father and son were watching the Nebraska game when they heard the sound.

“I put the fishing rod in there and from there I could see the bullet traveled this way,” he said.

They found the bullet hours later. It dented the bathroom door before it ricocheted and then landed. The bullet was arching downward when it struck the home’s siding. Burgess estimates someone opened fire from several hundred yards away.

“It’s scary. It’s scary it is a reminder in there for me of just how close Saturday was," he said.

In an area of the state where random shootings have law enforcement’s attention, now a home in Platteville is also on a list.

FOX31 Denver reached out to the Platteville Police Department, which is investigating. They did not return calls or emails requesting comment. Burgess said he just wants to warn neighbors.

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