Noble boy killed by stray bullet

Noble, Okla. (AP) _ Officials in Noble say a 5-year-old boy was shot and killed last week by an apparent stray bullet fired by a police officer attempting to kill a snake.  Jack Tracy says he was fishing with his 5-year-old grandson Austin Haley Friday evening when he saw the first shot hit the water near where they were standing.  As he pulled his grandson to his side, he says a second shot hit the boy in the head.

Noble city manager bob wade says police received a complaint last night from residents in a subdivision about a snake.  When officers responded, they decided to shoot the snake.  A few minutes later, Wade says there was a commotion in a wooded area behind them where the boy apparently was hit by the stray bullet.

Austin was transported to an Oklahoma City hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  Wade refused to identify the officer suspected of firing the shots but says the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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