Woman recalls being hit by stray bullet in officer-involved shooting

A 20-year-old woman who was shot Tuesday night when DeSoto police shot and killed murder fugitive Colby James Robinson is out of the hospital and at home now.

Charae Bonner and her mother sat down Friday in an exclusive interview with FOX 4.

Marilyn Bonner was in the car with her daughter, Charae, and Charae's 4-year-old in the back seat as they sat in the drive-through lane at Jack in the Box near I-35 and Camp Wisdom.

Marilyn noticed police in front of her, and then they heard gunshots. A single bullet went through the passenger side of the windshield, striking Charae beneath the left eye.

"It was a horrible feeling," said Charae. "It didn't burn or nothing, it was just hurting real, real bad."

 Police did find that bullet. The family says a detective told them it likely came from a police officer's weapon, but they are still investigating.

"I was scared and worried," said Charae. "I thought my eyeball was fixing to fall out. That's how bad it was and I kept my hand over my eye, and all I could remember was just blood, a whole bunch of blood going through my fingers, and I stayed down on the floor. I was just screaming and saying, ‘Mama, call 911.'"

Charae will go to a retina specialist next week. It's not clear yet if she'll have long-term vision trouble from the injury.

The family has no insurance and no money to pay the mounting medical bills.

FOX 4 asked DeSoto police for an interview Friday with their chief, but we were told he would be unavailable.


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