Zionsville Times Sentinel

September 11, 2013

The Story of Solomon Horse's injury at center of gun fire debate

By Matt Werner Times Sentinel Writer
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — As the town responds to several complaints about public safety concerning shooting guns in the rural area, one horse is at the center of the controversy. Solomon, a horse on a pasture at Dr. Sally Booth's residence, was injured on Jan. 7, 2012. Two reports vary on what injured the horse, but Booth believes it may have been a stray bullet shot from Chris Brooke's nearby property. According to an investigation conducted by the Boone County Sheriff's Office, "it seems completely impossible" that a bullet from Brooke's private shooting range injured the horse. But according to Dr. Richard K. Stroud, a forensic veterinary pathologist, who most recently worked as a veterinary medical examiner for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory, the horse was highly likely to have been injured by a "large caliber, high velocity (full metal jacket) bullet or Barnes-type solid copper bullet" that traveled from the left flank to the right anterior leg of the horse. THE INCIDENT Booth and Emily Lindsey, Solomon's owner, own and operate a farm at 2775 S 875 E with more than 40 animals and 6 acres of pasture. Booth told the Zionsville Safety Board that on Jan. 7, 2012, there was extremely loud and continuous large-caliber gunfire coming from the range on Brooke's property to the west of her house for at least two hours. "Between three and four that afternoon, a neighbor came racing up the driveway," Booth said. "Emily Lindsey, an employee who lives and works at my farm, went to greet her. She asked if we owned the white horse out in the pasture. Emily replied 'Yes; he's mine.' The neighbor replied, 'Well he is bleeding to death out there.'" Booth said where they found Solomon was about one-quarter mile in a direct line from the range on Brooke's property. According to the BCSO report, Brooke had earthen embankments approximately 12 feet high on the north end and 10 feet tall on the south end of the clearing. The embankment also had wings on each end to catch any side ricochets. According to the BCSO report, there is also a tree line of several hundred yards containing several trees ranging from 3 feet tall to more than 50 feet tall. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.