A bullet came through the home of District 3 Board of Supervisors member Derrell Washington at around 12:15 a.m. New Year’s Day.
Washington filed a report with the Clarksdale Police Department. While he was not at home at the time of the shooting, other members of his family were and called him. Six individuals live in the home.
“It (bullet) didn’t hit anyone, but someone was actually in the bed that the bullet came across,” said Washington, adding only one bullet came through his home.
Washington said the CPD is investigating the matter, but he does not believe the bullet was aimed at anyone living in his home.
“I truly believe it was an accident,” Washington said. “For no reason I see anyone to be intentionally shooting at my residence. For that, I say it truly was an accident, but we’re just glad, however it was, accident or not accident, we’re just glad that no one in my house was killed or harmed by the projectile that came through my window.”
Firing a gun in the city limits is a misdemeanor, but if the shots are fired in anger or targeted, the charges are felonies. Anyone who causes harm to another person or their property - despite intent - can be charged with more serious crimes in a criminal court and can be sued for damages in civil court.
“I just want to ask people to take precautions before they just go out and shoot up in the air,” he said. “Just don’t be within the city limits around everybody’s house. “You don’t want it to end up in some innocent person,” he added. “and kill some innocent person.”