Wapello county man arrested after shooting

Wapello County law enforcement says a man drunkenly fired a rifle from the front deck of a camper trying to bag a deer, but instead shot a woman in her home.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the shooting happened Friday evening (1/4) outside Ottumwa. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office says a 73-year-old woman was cleaning her stove when she heard a loud noise and felt pain to the back of her head. When she saw that she was bleeding heavily, she drove herself to Ottumwa Regional Hospital. Doctors later removed a bullet from the back of her head.  Deputies arrested 34-year-old Lee Joseph Ryals of Chillicothe, whom they believe fired a rifle from the camper at a deer while he was drunk.  Ryals is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and reckless use of a firearm. Conservation officers have also charged him with several hunting violations.


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