Suburban Aurora Man Arrested After Hunting Arrow Misses Target, Mistakenly Hits Neighbor

An Aurora man said he was shot with an arrow while painting outside of his home

A west suburban Aurora man was arrested Wednesday after he shot a hunting arrow at a fake deer target, missed and the arrow mistakenly struck his neighbor in the knee, according to Aurora police.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a man told police he was outside painting in the 3100 block of Timber Hill Lane and felt a sharp pain from his knee. The man looked down, and saw an arrow protruding from his leg, police said. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

A neighbor who lives across the street, Daniel Smorczewski, 25, told officers he was in his backyard using a bow and arrow to practice shooting at a fake deer. He then told police one of the arrows missed the target, and he lost track of it. 

Smorczewski said he packed up the bow and target and put them back in his garage before officers arrived at the scene. He was charged with reckless conduct, a Class A misdemeanor. 

In a news release, police reminded residents that arrows should never be used in a residential area, and should always be used responsibly. 

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