would you contact police if neighbor accidentally fired shotgun and bullet penetrated into your home?

hello. yesterday our family was on first floor and suddenly there was loud popping sound from second floor. I went upstairs and noticed several holes on our wall which is shared by our next home. they looked like shotgun holes.  I suspected possible accidental shooting that you hear from news and expected our neighbor would come and apologize or something. But nobody came for about 5 min. I began to suspect possible burglary and became worried and called local police because i was afraid to go there to check. 

I expected maybe couple of cops would show up to make sure everyone is ok. But more than 10 cops came. And they weren't very respectful and nice to our neighbors. They almost treated neighbors like possible crime suspect and arrested him and I felt kind of bad and sorry for our neighbor. Cop even asked me if we want to press charge which I declined.

We have been good neighbors. We never invited each other for dinner or anything but we would greet each other and shared some small talks and we would help each others out from time to time in minor things.

Later he came to apologize for the accident and led us know that he would pay for all the damage. I was just wondering if I did right thing by calling police and wonder how others would have dealt with this. I was afraid to going to their home because I may get shot if there was robber with gun. Would you have done anything different? Is calling police without first going to neighbor to check happened overkill?


Ok. So, i guess those holes were caused by multiple “shells” from that shotgun. 

8 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Your neighbour could have killed a member of your family by being careless. I would have called the police definitely in a case like that. It is a dangerous situation. 

    The holes were caused by pellets. Shotguns use cardboard cartridges that fire hundreds of small pellets. At close range that could kill you. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Did you expect the police to invite your neighbors to the station for a fireside chat?  Of course you did the right thing.

  • 1 month ago

    I think you were right.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Shotguns use SHELLS, not bullets.  Someone is very confused.  Your neighbor claims multiple accidental firings?  Odd.

    I suspect the Police aren't "respectful and nice" to people who shoot into other people's homes using a shotgun.

    I would have called the Police immediately.  Most robbers, by the way, don't shoot through walls and call attention to themselves.

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  • 1 month ago

    Shotguns don't fire bullets. If someone ACCIDENTALLY fires a gun, the police report would be filed before I knew it was an accident OR who fired it.

  • 1 month ago

    Any person who fires a gun accidentally means they were being negligent and could have killed someone, i would definitely call the police, they deserve to be charged

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    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    absolutely I would call the police

  • 1 month ago

    yes I would call if a bullet or buckshot ripped through my home

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