Police: Man shot in North Codorus Twp.; bullet traveled a mile


A man visiting his parents' home in North Codorus Township was struck by a "one in a million" shot Monday afternoon, police said.

The shooting seems to be accidental, Southwestern Regional Police said.

Jeremy Dettinger, 24, of Spring Grove was walking in his parents' yard in the 2000 block of Martin Road in the township at 1:25 p.m. when he suddenly felt a pain in his back and fell to the ground, police said in a news release. A friend who was with him called 911.

Dettinger was taken to York Hospital and is expected to recover, police said.

Police said the bullet was fired from a rifle a mile or more away from the scene.

Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean said there is nothing to indicate that the shot was intended to hit Dettinger.

"With the information we have right now, it appears it was fired by someone who was not careful," Bean said.

Investigators will be looking more into the path of the bullet Tuesday, Bean said.

"The bullet that hit the victim is a very high-powered type of bullet fired from a very high-powered type of rifle," he said, adding that had the bullet hit Dettinger at a closer range he would have been more seriously injured.

Bean called the shot was "one in a million," and that Dettinger was in the "wrong place at the wrong time."

Anyone who may have additional information in regard to this case is asked to call Southwestern Regional Police at 717-225-1333 ext. 100, or email police using www.swrpd.org, or call York County 911's non-emergency number, 717-840-5571.

- Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.