Homeowner struck by stray bullet awarded more than $1M in gun range lawsuit
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 5:42 PM CST Updated: Dec 12, 2013 5:42 PM CST By: Becky Oliver - bio | email
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A Dallas County jury awarded a Rowlett homeowner more than $1 million Thursday in a controversial gun range case. The homeowner, Mike Domin, was struck by a stray bullet while working in his backyard more than three years ago.
The jury only took a few hours to deliver its decision -- they found James Day and the Garland Public Shooting Range negligent, and awarded the homeowner money for his pain and suffering, medical bills and anguish.
Day's attorney argued there was no proof that the bullet that hit Domin came from the range. He claimed it could have come from the nearby landfill where people shoot guns.
But Rowlett police and a ballistics expert testified they believed the bullet came from the range.
Domin and his attorneys were pleased with the decision, while Day and his attorney had no comment as they left the courtroom.
Back in 2012, two other homes were hit by stray bullets. That year, the City of Rowlett sued the gun range, forcing the owner to make a number of safety improvements.
James Day was not carrying any insurance at the time of the shooting, so Domin's attorney says that may mean they go after the range to collect, which means the future of the range could be up in the air.