Paris family living in fear

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

PARIS, TX -- A Paris family is living in fear, after they say several stray bullets from a nearby gun range hit their home. They said they want the city to take action, but the city said they've already done what they can.

For most, a home is a safe haven, but for Chris and Debbi Lewis it's the complete opposite because they live next to a law enforcement gun range.

"Every time they go over there, they're not ensuring our safety. They're scaring the thunder out of us," homeowner Debbi Lewis said.

They say Stray bullets have hit the their home, farm equipment, even whizzed past them.

"I just laid down hoping one of them didn't hit me," homeowner Chris Lewis said.

It's when their dog, Lucky was shot in the leg, that they'd had enough.

They met with the city and said they were promised that a dirt berm and fence would be built, and that their attorney fees and Lucky's vet bill would be paid.

They say it took the city over a year to finish the berm and fence.

Paris police chief, Bob Hundley, said safety is the city's priority.

"It was oversight on our part of shooting that way and thinking it was safe and we've stopped that. And you know, we want to be good neighbors out here," Chief Hundley said.

Hundley believes bullets may have ricocheted off an old car, that was placed here and used as a target. Now, he says, shooters follow a new rule.

"We've implemented a policy that any time any other agency comes out to shoot, our range officer has to be out here with them to ensure there is no shooting that way," Hundley said.

Hundley says they've done what they think is necessary. All that remains is Lucky's unpaid vet bill, which has now accumulated a year's worth of late fees.

"Here's the release they want us to sign before they pay part of the vet bill," Debbi Lewis said.

The release asks the Lewis' to release all city employees and the city of Paris from future claims towards their dog Lucky.

The Lewis' say their attorney told them not to.

"If it's a needed to redo the form, you know I'm sure our city attorney can do that. It's a situation that you know we're going to accept the responsibility for the dog getting shot, and we want to take care of that bill," Hundley said.

The Lewis' have asked the city to move the gun range, but Chief Hundley says it's too expensive and other firing ranges in the county are too busy to accommodate officers.

He also couldn't promise that the late fees on the vet bill would be paid.

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