Sheriff: unusual pellet gun death highlights need for safety

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HAMILTON COUNTY – Just after deputies arrested a 19-year-old for shooting and killing a man with a pellet gun, the Hamilton County Sheriff issued a warning to the community.

Jose Luiz Romo, 19, spent Wednesday night in jail, accused of killing 54-year-old Jesus Armando Martinez-Lopez with an unusual weapon.

“It did appear to be a high-powered pellet gun that caused the initial wound,” Deputy Bryant Orem said.

It happened in a long, winding driveway between Noblesville and Cicero. Fox 59 learned that Romo lives at the home and that Martinez-Lopez worked for Romo’s father.

Through a neighbor, Romo’s family called the incident a freak accident.

Still, the Sheriff’s Office issued a warning for safety.

“Even something like a pellet gun or a BB gun can cause serious injury or possibly death if it hits a vital area,” Orem said.

Experts told Fox 59 that it was extremely unusual for a pellet gun injury to result in death. However, they did point out that those guns are made differently than they used to be, some firing at very high velocities.

Romo bonded out of jail. Prosecutors are deciding whether or not to file formal charges.

A cause of death is still pending.

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