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Stray bullet narrowly misses sleeping Raleigh firefighter

Posted March 3, 2011 5:54 a.m. EST
Updated March 17, 2011 9:05 p.m. EDT

— A fight between two women outside a Raleigh fire station on South Saunders Street early Thursday could have ended in tragedy when a bullet went flying into the building, just inches above a sleeping firefighter.

“He was lying in bed asleep, and all of a sudden, he heard this loud sound right behind his head,” Capt. Dale Wall, with Raleigh Fire Station 2, said. “They didn't really know what had happened until they got up and started looking around and noticed the slug on the floor and noticed the hole through the partition.”

The bullet missed firefighter Will Smith by 6 inches.

Wall said it went through the base of the fire station window, over the bed where Smith was sleeping, through the wall next to his bed, then through an open door and down the hallway before ricocheting off a concrete wall.

Smith said, at first, he thought a transformer had blown and then was shocked to see the bullet hole inches from where he was sleeping.

He said he usually sleeps on his side and had he been at the time, he believes he would likely have been shot.

“I am thanking the Lord that it didn’t hit me,” he said, adding that firefighters are used to being called to shooting scenes in the aftermath but aren’t used to having “bullets flying toward us.”

Tristian Todd, 20, of 1236 Angelus Drive, faces several charges, including one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, going armed to the terror of people, discharge of a firearm in a city and intoxication and disruption.

Raleigh police said the shooting stemmed from a week-long dispute between Todd and another woman and that at least one of the two fired multiple gunshots.

Todd was in the Wake County jail under a $50,000 secured bond on Thursday.