VIDEO: Ohio Sheriff Struck By Celebratory Gunfire On New Year's Eve

Allen County Sheriff Matthew Treglia was hit by celebratory gunfire when a bullet ricocheted into his patrol vehicle.

Lima, OH – The Allen County sheriff was struck by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve as he sat filming the alarming number of gunshots being fired into the air just after midnight (video below).

Allen County Sheriff Matthew Treglia and Allen County Sheriff’s Major Todd Mohler were sitting in a marked sheriff’s department patrol cruiser at about 12:05 a.m. on Jan. 1, the Lima News reported.

The sheriff and the major were parked adjacent to a Lima police car in the 100-block of South Main Street in downtown Lima, directly across from the Civic Center.

Sheriff Treglia pulled out his cell phone and began filming a video for “PSA purposes” of the ridiculously large number of gunshots that could be heard from his position five minutes into the New Year, CNN reported.

Seconds later, a gunshot ricocheted into the car through the window, the Lima News reported.

“The stray bullet passed through the open driver’s window, inches in front of Major Mohler’s face, then struck Sheriff Treglia’s chest,” the Allen County Sheriff’s Office said in a police report filed on Jan. 2.

The men’s reaction to the incident was captured on the sheriff’s cell phone video.

“What the f--k was that?” Sheriff Treglia asked.

“That was a f--king round, or something,” the Lima officer replied.

“It just hit me, dude,” the sheriff said, sounding surprised.

“Are you okay?” the officer asked.

“Yeah,” the sheriff replied as the video ended.

The sheriff wasn’t wounded but the bullet left a dent in his vest, the Lima News reported.

"My immediate thought was that someone had fired directly at our parked units intentionally, but when I realized I wasn't injured and had a moment to process it, I quickly assumed it was a falling celebratory bullet," Sheriff Treglia told CNN.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office shared the video of the bizarre and frightening incident on its official Facebook page.

“What goes up, must come back down. Shooting any type of gun into the air is extremely dangerous and illegal. Please, handle any and all firearms safely and responsibly,” read the caption under the video.

Sheriff Treglia told Hometown Stations that people needed to use a backstop of some sort when firing a weapon.

"I think it's awareness," the sheriff said. "I think this is a prime example of it. I think we have to be aware of what's going on. I mean, I was hit with a .223 round. It's clear, it's obvious, and the outcome could have been much different. It could have been a citizen walking down the street. And that would have been very bad."

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

Comments (17)
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MizzV
MizzV

Unbelievable that people in today's age are still THIS stupid!!!!

Thank God he had his vest! Maybe we all should invest in body armor!!

TXbird-mom
TXbird-mom

Idiots seem to forget the main rule of Gravity - What Goes Up Must Come Down. I'm glad that the Sheriff was ok.

Caddis
Caddis

I always parked under an overpass when patrolling on new year eve. We had a patrol car hit in the hood once so best just to wait it out.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

Some years ago in St. Pete, FL, a young girl was playing tennis near the bay. Someone on a boat fired a gun straight up and it hit the girl in the leg when it came down. Sheesh.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

Stanracer
Stanracer

Idiots everywhere!

DR226
DR226

LA is Probably the most dangerous place to be outside during New Years eve at midnight. I've heard people being injured every year from errant rounds being fired in the air. Can't educate these fools.

GLOCK_LAWMAN
GLOCK_LAWMAN

It's simple if you see the muzzle flash return fire. I've had to tell a few people in the bay area that it is very hard on vets........

Wish505
Wish505

There are numerous reports of incidents like this happening. Two winters ago we were wintering in south TX during the festive times and the local news had a grandfather and granddaughter who were sitting out on the back patio when a celebration round landed in between them taking a one inch chunk out of the concrete. Imagine what would have happed if it had hit one of them. People are plain stupid when they discharge a weapon into the air.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#gcl