No Charges For Bar Nunn Man When Bullet Ends Up On Neighbor’s Kitchen Floor

The neighbor of a Bar Nunn, Wyoming, man declined to press charges after an accidental rifle discharge put a bullet through the roof and onto the kitchen floor.

Dale Killingbeck

December 26, 20232 min read

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Christmas Eve did not go well for a Bar Nunn man who was trying to unload a bolt-action .308 rifle prior to the arrival Santa when it accidentally went off.

Nobody was hurt, but the bullet landed on the kitchen floor of a neighbor.

Natrona County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in the 1900 block of Zuni Trail shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday. A woman reported a shot was fired from a neighbor’s home and a bullet came through her roof.

When deputies investigated the neighbor, he initially denied the incident, then confessed that he was removing bullets from the rifle and thought they were all out of the weapon. He pulled the trigger to “take the tension off the firing pin.”

The gun fired.

The bullet went through his living room wall and bathroom drywall, according to the incident report. It then went through the roof of a neighbor’s house and came to rest on the kitchen floor.

“He called the (neighbor) to ask if everyone was OK,” the report states.

The man initially hid the gun in his basement, thinking he was going to jail. He then showed deputies the weapon and the bullets he had removed from it, as well as the empty casing.

Deputies recovered the spent bullet on the kitchen floor of the neighbor’s home, who did not want to press charges.

“Deputies believe the firearm was accidentally discharged and no criminal charges were pursued,” the report states.

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Dale Killingbeck


Killingbeck is glad to be back in journalism after working for 18 years in corporate communications with a health system in northern Michigan. He spent the previous 16 years working for newspapers in western Michigan in various roles.