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Neighbors Question Clarksville Police Shooting

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by Jason Lamb

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville Police said a coyote infected with distemper was putting a neighborhood in the north part of town in danger Monday morning. 

Police ended up using a shotgun to put the coyote down in the middle of the street, but it's where those shotgun blasts ended up that has neighbors upset.

Neighbors said when police fired the rounds to kill the dangerous coyote, some of them ricocheted -- hitting a nearby pickup and even breaking through the window of a home, into the bedroom of a teenage girl fast asleep on her day off of school.

Clarksville police said Monday's shooting was under an internal investigation, so they haven't said much more about what happened.

The girl who woke up to the shotgun blast said she wasn't injured, but things could have been much worse, because the shotgun slug fragment came just feet from where she was sleeping.

"If I had my blinds up and I was in my closet trying to pick out an outfit for today, I would've been dead," said Elizabeth Ward.

There is no word about whether the officer or officers involved are on administrative leave pending the internal investigation.

Police said an animal control officer was too far away this morning to respond to this call quickly.

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