CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Council Bluffs dad shot with an arrow

“My husband was pretty composed for having an arrow out of his chest wall.”
A Nebraska family says a bow-and-arrow accident has left them in shock. (Source: WOWT)
Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 5:40 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A bow-and-arrow accident left Jeremy Clingenpeel and his family in shock.

“I just seen the look on his face and the sound in his voice, and like no, I’ve got to get out there. It was terrifying,” said his wife, Tracy Clingenpeel.

WARNING: Video in this story could be disturbing for some viewers.

His niece, Brittany Sanford, was also concerned for her children and how they would cope with the incident.

“I really thought, ‘This is it.’ Like I said, I have a 5- and 6-year-old who adore this man and worships the ground he walks on. So it’s like: How do I disrupt my children’s peace and bring the reality of death to them?” she said.

Alongside their house is where Jeremy and his son, Colton, decided to have target practice in preparation for hunting season. Colton was set up on the left to hit a target bag on the mound. Jeremy was walking on the right to say “hi” to their little girl neighbor.

That’s when Colton’s bow malfunctioned and the arrow veered off, hitting his father on the left side.

“My husband was pretty composed for having an arrow out of his chest wall,” Clingenpeel said.

Ring security video captured the father walking across the driveway to get help. In the video, he’s seen with the arrow sticking out from his side. According to the police report obtained by 6 News, the incident was deemed an accident.

The arrow was lodged about 6-8 inches deep into Jeremy’s side.

“I stabilized the arrow because every time he would take a breath, he would scream in pain,” his wife said. “So I would just hold it in place until the paramedics got here.”

Paramedics arrived within 10 minutes, and that’s when things went south for Jeremy Clingenpeel. His breath became shallower, and the pain worsened.

“The blunt tip is still in my husband,” Tracy Clingenpeel said. “They couldn’t find it.”

He’s now in the ICU in stable condition. Doctors tell the family it’s a miracle he even survived. And while Jeremy is expected to make a full recovery, they’re unsure about when he can return home.

Now, the family is worried about a long road to recovery, especially since Tracy, a former nurse, was diagnosed just last year with a debilitating neurological illness. Finances and care are now a concern for the family.

Jeremy worked full-time in waste management. He also took his wife to her weekly doctor appointments. She told 6 News that he even helped with daily tasks, such as bathing and showering.

“There’s a big question of, ‘Am I able to get my medicine? Am I able to get the care that I need? Is he going to be able to get the care he needs?’ ” she said.

Tracy Clingenpeel said that they spend thousands of dollars on her medicine, and will now be adding her husband’s medical bills.