Exclusive: Stepdaughter of man killed by stray bullet pushes for gun law changes

- The stepdaughter of a man killed by a stray bullet, which is believed to have come from people target shooting, is pushing for changes to gun laws in Stanly County.

“It didn’t have to happen the way that it did,” Jamie Stirewalt said.

She cries talking about how she’ll have to explain to her two young girls why their grandpa, Dwight Almond, died.

“I want to be able to tell my children one day that, ‘Yes. This is what happened to your paw paw, but because this happened, it’s not going to happen again.”

Almond, who has six grandchildren, was out in his garage on Clover Lane in Stanly County one night in April, when sheriff’s deputies say a stray bullet killed him.

Two people on a neighboring property had been target practicing just before Almond was shot, according to investigators. Deputies seized their guns and ammunition.

“We don’t want this to happen to somebody else, especially a little child,” Stirewalt said.

Jamie is going before the Stanly County Commissioners Monday night to push for a county firearm ordinance.

According to a sheriff’s captain, there is currently no law in Stanly County which restricts target practicing to certain times of the day or requires shooters to be a certain distance away from homes.

Jamie hopes commissioners will listen.

“I definitely don’t want another family to go through this.”

No one has been charged in Dwight Almond’s death. The Stanly County Sheriff’s Office says they’re waiting on test results from ballistics before they hand everything over to the District Attorney, who will make the final decision if charges are filed.

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