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Veteran of Iraqi War barely missed by bullet at home

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

He served a tour of duty in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and didn't have one close call with an enemy's bullet.  But while doing homework in his apartment, MTSU student Nathan Ashby came quite close to being shot by someone who's also former military. 

Senior Airman Nathan Ashby received an honorable discharge from the Air Force only six months ago after 4 years of active duty.

"(I served in both) Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom," Ashby said.

But not even war could prepare him for the close call he received around 5:30 Sunday afternoon.

The only time I was shot at was right here in Murfreesboro in my apartment," Ashby said.

The MTSU freshman, aerospace major was sitting on his living room floor in the Chelsea Place Apartments on Bradyville Pike writing a term paper when all of a sudden it happened.

"I heard a loud bang come from the left side of my apartment, and I look over and there was dust and debris flying everywhere and there was a hole in my ceiling," Ashby said.

That's right; a bullet came through his ceiling landing just feet away from him.

Ashby said, "Yeah it was really frightening."

Ashby was so shaken up he left the apartment and called police.  He spent the night with his parents near Winchester, TN.

"My parents demanded I left that apartment that night and not go back," Ashby said.

Murfreesboro police arrested 44-year-old Johnny Crivello and charged him with reckless endangerment.  He told police he was handling his 9 mm Beretta handgun he bought from a friend, but had no idea it was loaded.  

Police said he also admitted to drinking a couple of beer.

"Crivello told police he has a gun carry permit, he's former military, and currently works in security. This is all the more reason why he should have known better than mix alcohol, and playing with a gun," said Murfreesboro Police spokesman Officer Kyle Evans.

Police said that could have been a deadly combination. No one knows that better than Ashby.

"If I had been up going to check the laundry or going to check my phone no telling what could have happened," Ashby said.

Channel 4 News was able to reach Johnny Crivello by phone. He didn't want to do an interview, but he said the firing of the gun was "an accident."

Murfreesboro police have also charged Johnny Crivello with tampering with evidence after he picked up the spent shell casing and tossed it into the trash. 

Ashby was so afraid, he has moved out of that apartment.

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