South Milwaukee man arrested after attempting to fire shots at home but misses
The Hartford Police Department were dispatched to the area of James Ct. on the city's south side for a report of shots being fired.
The incident took place shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Upon arrival, officers interviewed witnesses and were able to determine that multiple shots had been fired from a motor vehicle and obtained a description of the vehicle involved.
Officers located a vehicle being operated in the area that matched the suspect vehicle's description.
Investigation at the traffic stop revealed that the driver, a 23-year-old South Milwaukee man, had an unlawfully concealed a partially loaded 9 mm handgun in the center console of the vehicle.
The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was taken to the Hartford Police Department.
Hartford officers checked the area on foot in an attempt to determine if anyone or anything had been struck by the discharged rounds. It was determined, that the attached garage of a single residence in the area of Van Buren Ave. and Robert Ct., just south of the original report, had been struck by more than one round in this incident. The rounds had penetrated the walls of the garage and struck a vehicle inside, but fortunately, no one was injured.
A Hartford Detective interviewed the suspect regarding this incident. The suspect initially denied any involvement in the incident, but later admitted that he had, in fact, discharged the weapon that had been recovered from his vehicle at the residence. The subject advised the detective that he had done so over a dispute with a subject he believed lived at that location. Although the investigation revealed that the subject he had intended to target did not actually live at the residence targeted by the suspect.
Felony charges of Recklessly Endangering Safety, Discharging of a firearm into a Building, and Misdemeanor charges of Endangering Safety by Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Disorderly Conduct have been referred to the Washington County District Attorney's Office for review and prosecution.
The subject was transported to the Washington County Jail to await a court appearance on these charges.