Texas fire apparatus struck by bullet at station
Plum Grove Volunteer Fire Department Chief Christopher Loftin said several children were inside the station during a family event when shots were fired nearby
By Laura French
LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas — A fire apparatus was struck by a bullet after shots were fired near a Texas fire station.
Plum Grove Volunteer Fire Department Chief Christopher Loftin reported Friday that someone firing a gun in close proximity to the fire station struck and damaged the windshield of one of their trucks.
The department is investigating whether the shots were intentionally aimed at the station or whether the damage was the result of a stray bullet.
Officials said several children were inside the station at the time the gunshots were fired, with only one staff member, a secretary, present as the department was hosting a family event. The rest of the department's personnel were responding to a medical emergency call when the secretary heard gunshots but did not raise any alarm due to the sound of shots being common in the area.
After the bullet hole was discovered in the windshield of the apparatus, members searched the area and recovered a bullet, which they then placed inside the hole "to see if it matched," Loftin said.
The department is now asking anyone with information about the shooting or security camera footage from the area to contact the Liberty County Sheriff's Department.
In a later Facebook post, the department reported that Lone Star Emergency Group sent out a company to install a new windshield on the apparatus and paid for the installation.