New Year’s Day is a time of celebration, but for one Opelousas man the day began with law enforcement authorities. What Joseph Richard found after coming home from New Year’s Eve festivities was not what he expected.
Richard says he came home to broken glass spread throughout his kitchen. A bullet traveled through his kitchen window into his deep freezer. An initial investigation shows the bullet may have come from gunfire released into the air.
Lieutenant clay Higgins of the St. Landry Sheriff’s Office, says people view the act as harmless, but it’s very dangerous. Richard says he understands it was most likely an accident, but it could have been deadly.
“Richard: “If I was washing dishes I would’ve been standing right where the bullet came from and if I would’ve been eating or just sitting down where I usually sit at it’s direct where the bullet went to the deep freezer.””
This is one of two incidents that happened New Years’ morning. An arrest was made in the first incident while this one is still under investigation. Lafayette Police say a car veered off the road, hit a post, and ended up in O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. Fortunately, the driver of the vehicle and those inside the store at the time were not injured. 3