Man hunting squirrels in yard fires bullet into neighbor’s home
Thursday, July 14, 2011
From Sun-Times Media
An Elgin man faces a felony charge after allegedly firing a rifle
bullet into a neighbor’s home while apparently try to hunt squirrels.
A 32-year-old woman said she was cleaning her home near Bent Street
and Lavoie Avenue about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday when she heard glass break in
her kitchen, police said.
She discovered a bullet had gone through the kitchen’s sliding glass
patio door, passed through a curtain and imbedded itself in a wall,
Fortunately, she told officers, her two children had been in the
basement and her husband had been at work. Police found a bullet
fragment on the floor near the broken glass window.
Police said a large number of patrol officers and gang detectives
began searching the area and found empty shell casings in the driveway
of a home in the 500 block of Lavoie.
Police said the man who lives there, John E. Hegel, 64, admitted he
had been using his .22-caliber rifle to shoot at squirrels in his
Hegel was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and criminal
damage to property. He was released without bail and is scheduled to
appear in court on July 27.
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