It appears that a firearms instructor from Ohio who accidentally shot one of his students earlier this month also put a bullet into the leg of teenager in 1977. While he was serving as a Pickerington Police Department auxiliary officer, Terry Dunlap accidentally shot 14-year-old Cathy Hessler in her right leg during a Halloween hayride.
“Oh no, he’s done it again,” said Hessler, now Cathy Schmelzer, 50, after hearing about the recent shooting. “I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’”
Dunlap, 73, accidentally fired a .38-caliber handgun during a gun-safety class on Aug. 10 which ricocheted off a desk and struck student Michael Piemonte in the arm. Piemonte, 26, was treated at a hospital and released, Fox News reported.
Despite the accident, Piemonte said that Dunlap was still a good teacher. “Up until he shot me accidentally, it was very informative, very well laid out,” he said of the class. “I learned a lot. Then again, I was accidentally shot.”
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During the 1977 incident, Dunlap fired gun into the air to create, in his words, “a scary effect,” while taking his daughter and her friends for a “haunted hayride.”
Even though no charges were field, Schmelzer questioned how Dunlap could be qualified to teach a gun-safety course.
“He’s supposed to be teaching classes and he doesn’t know there’s a live bullet in there?” she asked. “I think the public should know: He is teaching classes but doesn’t know how to use it properly. He is irresponsible."