Man greeted with $500 when he arrives home

Aaron Krause • May 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

A Clarksfield Township man said he believes a week ago Friday, he could've been killed by a bullet that entered his home.

A week later, yesterday, the man found five $100 bills in a red envelop sticking in his door.

No note was included and nothing was written on the unsealed envelop -- just the bills inside.

"I'm thinking it's an apology," the man said. "Whoever (shot the gun) probably realizes what they did and this is like an apology."

What will he do with the money?

He said his bedroom set is about 20 years old.

"I'd love to find a mirror to replace the headboard," he said. Other than that, the area resident said he'll use the money to pay bills.

The man, who has declined to be identified, said he accepts the apology. He feels the responsible party now knows to be careful when shooting a gun.

The man said deputies have interviewed at least 15 people, all neighbors, but have not come up with any suspects.

During a previous interview, the local resident said the most important thing is that people exercise caution while using a gun.

"I learned when I was 10 years old about gun safety," the former Marine said. "You should never shoot a gun unless you know where that bullet is going. Evidently, somebody was not practicing (gun safety) out here last Friday.

"I don't want this to happen to somebody else."

He was standing in his bedroom at 8 p.m. Friday when he heard an explosion in his room. There was glass everywhere, so the area man thought a light bulb had blown up.

The headboard mirror on his bed was shattered.

"I couldn't figure out why it broke," he said. "It just never dawned on me that it was a bullet coming from outside."

But it was. A bullet hole was discovered in the side of his trailer. He called authorities, and a Huron County Sheriff's deputy found a bullet on the floor at the other end of his bed. He said he believes the gun was "some high-powered rifle or pistol."

An hour before the incident, the man was lying down taking a nap. The bullet would have struck him "smack in the head" and he said he's sure he would've been killed if he had remained in bed.

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