Info still scarce in rural Cody stray bullet incident

Park County Public Information Officer Lance Mathess reported today that he has no new information to release regarding high-powered bullet that found its way flying through the walls of a rural Cody home on Halloween evening. Mathess said he had nothing new he could release regarding the investigation, other than to say it is still being investigated. Anyone with information on the possible identity of the shooter is urged to contact the Park County Communications Center at 307-527-8700. All information will remain confidential. On October 31, 2015 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Park County 911 Center received a report of a bullet striking a residence at 39 Bohica Lane in rural Cody. Upon arrival, investigating deputies spoke to the home owners, Bard and Allison Betz, both age 57 and learned the following. Mr. and Mrs. Betz were inside their home around 6:00 p.m. when they heard a very loud noise. They looked around the interior of the home and discovered a hole in one of their interior closet doors where it appeared that a bullet had struck it. Upon further investigation, they discovered several other holes including one through an exterior wall. Evidence indicated that the path of the bullet went from the exterior wall, across a staircase and through a secondary wall near the family’s computer station. The bullet then continued across the room, through the closet door and into another wall where it became lodged. During the investigation, deputies also made contact with a local hunter outside the Betz residence. The hunter, Patrick Harrington, age 64 of Cody advised that he was hunting in the area and saw someone park their car on County Road 2AB and walk into the area he was hunting. At some point, this person began shooting in Harrington’s direction. Harrington began waving his hands in the air to signal this person to stop shooting. Harrington believes that one of the shots from this unknown hunter was the shot that had stuck the house. He did not get a good look at the person nor his/her vehicle. Mr. Betz also had seen this unknown person out hunting in the fields in front of his house earlier. When he heard the noise in his house and found the bullet hole, he drove out to the field to look for the person(s) responsible. He said that he saw this same unknown hunter walk down to a vehicle parked by County Road 2AB and drive away. Betz furthered that he had also seen Harrington out hunting earlier in the day and that he was not shooting in the direction of the home. Sheriff Scott Steward commented that had someone been sitting at the Betz’s computer station at the time of the shooting, they would have suffered serious, possibly fatal injuries. “Mrs. Betz said that she sits at that computer 80 percent of the time,” said Steward. “She was very fortunate.” Steward warned hunters that they are responsible for the bullet once it leaves the weapon and that they need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. “Sometime hunters become so excited when they see that trophy wander into their sights,” said Steward. “But they need to take that extra minute to be aware of possible hunters in the area and where their round may go should they miss their mark, especially in populated areas.” #reboot