Stray bullet hits Twin Cities sheriff's house

A scary moment for the sheriff and his sleeping family.
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A stray bullet likely fired from several blocks away struck the home of Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie over the weekend.

Leslie confirmed on the Dakota County Sheriff's Office Facebook page that his home in Mendota Heights was struck by a bullet around 4 a.m. Saturday.

It was around the same time that residents of the neighborhood reported four or five gunshots being fired several blocks from Leslie's house, near Highway 13 and Sylvandale Road.

He told the Star Tribune it smashed his daughter's bedroom window on the north side of the house while his family slept.

No one was injured, but the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has launched an investigation into the incident, according to an email release.

Investigators believe the incident was random, and that the bullet hit Leslie's home coincidentally – the sheriff wasn't targeted.

"The bullets or bullets negligently fired for whatever reason could have easily struck other homes in the area," the news release says.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is still looking for anyone with information about the incident to call them at 651-793-7000.

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