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Hartland Woman Was 'Never Nervous' After Finding Bullet Hole in Home

Marjorie Line waited three hours for police to respond after a gunshot damaged her home.

For Marjorie Line, hearing the sounds of gunshots from the rural areas surrounding her home is pretty typical for this time of year, but after finding a bullet hole in the wall of her home, the longtime Hartland resident admitted to being a little shocked.

Walking into her family room on Sunday afternoon where she had been home all day, Line says she first saw a picture lying on the ground and had assumed her cat was the culprit.

“So then I look in the front room and it is absolutely covered in these white pebbles and yellow stringy looking stuff that I just didn’t recognize at first and it was everywhere,” Line said. 

The yellow “stringy stuff” turned out to be insulation from her walls where the bullet travelled through into Line’s bedroom.

Line says police told her the bullet traveled about 40 feet before hitting the wall in her bedroom and falling to the floor.

After the initial shock of discovering the bullet hole, Line says she was never nervous and assumed the bullet was a stray from someone’s target practice earlier in the day. 

“I am not upset by it at all except that I have to repair my wall,” she said. “I know it was an accident. I know it wasn’t intentional.”

After calling 911, Line says she waited three hours for an officer to respond. Although she says her two sons were upset about the wait and nervous for their mother, Line says she understood the situation.

“They (police) had accidents and I’m not mad about that,” she said. “My boys are, but I’m not.”

Calling her two adult sons a “little overprotective,” Line says she did call 911 again after an hour had passed, but says she knows at least one or both of her sons had called, as well.

According to Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte, police were responding to a personal injury accident that had taken place at 4:17 p.m., just minutes before Line’s 911 call came in.

Bezotte said personal injury accidents take priority and it was determined by dispatch that there were no suspects at Line’s home and the bullet may have been a stray, so it was considered a low priority call. 

“I agree with the complaint that it’s unfortunate that it took three hours, but when I looked at everything, I can understand how it happened,” Bezotte said. 

Bezotte also stressed the need to practice good safety measures when using firearms and during target practice and use “common sense” by not firing where there are houses or in populated areas.

“The obvious is to make sure you know what you’re shooting at and to have a proper background to stop any bullets,” he said. “In this particular situation, it goes through a house and fortunately no one was injured or killed.”

Lori November 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Glad she wasn't hurt.
Bj McDevitt November 16, 2012 at 01:15 PM
And this "responsible gun owner" is hunting right now, probably right back in this area. Or maybe next to your house.
Hartland HS Parent November 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I wonder how often this happens? Our house was shot by a muzzle loader two seasons ago...only it was very loud and there was no doubt when it happened. It shattered our sliding glass door. I have no issue with hunting, only hunters that are not good shots.
Bj McDevitt November 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I am the son of Marjorie Line. My mom actually asked the deputy how often this happens. The deputy said it doesn't.
mac yeomans November 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM
how old is mrs.line?i am doing a report about this to schoool and i need her age.
Bj McDevitt November 17, 2012 at 01:38 AM
She's 69 years old.
TJ November 17, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I am incredulous reading this story. We live near Clyde and Cullen and hear gunshots constantly so the possibility of a stray bullet hitting someone or something in the area can happen. It doesn't matter how good a shot someone is, there are always accidents and careless idiots with guns. Two things are certain in this world (as Albert Einstein once said), space and human stupidity.
eddy November 17, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Why would anyone shoot when there are homes near by?
Bj McDevitt November 17, 2012 at 06:53 PM
If the shot came from where I suspect it did, the Round Elementary School was in the path as well. I have found hunting blinds in trees on school property less than 20 feet from the playground. Two weeks ago, there was an ATV "hidden" on school land just behind the playground, covered with a camouflage tarp. There is a hunting preserve directly next to the playground, and gunfire is all too common there.

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