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Stray bullet injures man

Conn. police: 'appears to be an accident'

A Connecticut State Police vehicle blocks access to the Putnam Fish and Game Club property Monday, Aug. 31 on Stonebridge Road. The facility was the source of a stray bullet that wounded a 66-year-old Holland man in the head as he stood in the craft fair tent at the nearby Woodstock Fairgrounds. Matt Sanderson. (click for larger version)
September 01, 2009
WOODSTOCK, Conn. — A Holland resident was listed in stable condition Tuesday after being struck by a stray bullet at the Woodstock Fairgrounds in South Woodstock, Conn. Monday.

Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said the incident is still under investigation.

"The preliminary information is it appears to be an accident," Vance continued, "but we want to attempt to answer any and all questions surrounding how it took place."

The 66-year-old victim, whose identity has not been released by police, was shot in the back of the head while inside a craft tent at the fairgrounds just days before its Labor Day Weekend opening.

While police are still awaiting the results of ballistics tests to determine where the bullet came from, Vance said it appears it may have been fired from the .45-caliber Glock belonging to a Putnam, Conn. police officer.

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