Stray Bullet From Police Shooting Nearly Hits Man at Home Half-Mile Away

A man in Arizona has allegedly made a narrow escape from a stray bullet that struck his home. Police said the bullet was fired in a shooting incident that took place around half a mile from the property.

The Phoenix Police Department said the bullet, which was fired during an "officer-involved shooting" on May 30 in the area around 39th Avenue and Thunderbird Road, had "entered an occupied residence approximately ½ mile away."

Speaking to Newsweek on June 16,Sergeant Ann Justus from the Phoenix Police Department said the bullet had "traveled through a window, shattering the glass."

She added: "Different calibers of weapons and different ammunition, among many other factors, can affect how far a bullet can travel.

"I would be unable to speculate the extent of injury that could have been inflicted had someone in that residence been struck."

The homeowner, Newell Newberry, told ABC 15 Arizona on June 14 that he had been "getting some stuff out for dinner. Then I heard a big bang which scared me and I jumped back."

Newberry claimed he was just inches from being struck, as the bullet pierced the kitchen window. It hit a microwave before stopping underneath the stove, he added.

He said: "I seen where it ricocheted and the cops found where it hit on the TV."

ABC 15 reported that police collected the bullet for their investigation via a search warrant after speaking to Newberry.

According to Newberry, officers told him that a bullet "could travel up over a mile" if it is "shot and doesn't hit anything."

The homeowner said the police also noted how lucky he had been. "I know I was lucky because you could see where it hit," Newberry told ABC 15.

"I've got nine lives and one of them is gone. It's a miracle it missed me … it was pretty close," he added.

The bullet that struck Newberry's home was one of six rounds fired during an incident that began around 5:08 p.m. "when officers responded to a report of a violation of an order of protection," according to Phoenix Police.

A call came from a teenager who reported that their father had been served with an order of protection, police said. The father was not allowed on their property but the teenager said he was currently near the front door.

"When the first officer arrived at the residence, he immediately encountered the suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Adan Carlos," police said.

According to police, the suspect was "armed with a handgun and pointed the weapon at the first arriving officer as the officer was exiting his car."

Police said the officer and Carlos "exchanged gunfire" before a second officer arrived.

"Carlos fired six rounds during the officer-involved shooting. The firearm used by Carlos was recovered at the scene, and an extra magazine for the handgun was located in his pocket," according to police.

Police said the suspect was injured during the incident and remains in hospital. There were no injuries to officers or any other members of the community.

Update 6/16/21 10:55 a.m. ET: This article was updated with comments from the Phoenix Police Department.

A police car seen in Tuscon, Arizona.
A police car pictured on a road in Tucson, Arizona, in April 2008. A man in Arizona allegedly made a narrow escape from a bullet fired in a police shooting that took place around a half-mile from his home. Chris Hondros/Getty Images