Woodstock man charged after gun goes off, hits neighbor's house
WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man has been charged after police said he accidentally fired a bullet that went through his TV, the wall of his apartment, the wall of a neighbor’s house, damanged a window and then became lodged in a piece of trim.
Paul J. Csech, 22, of 420 Vine St., Unit 2, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, and criminal damage to property, a Class A misdemeanor.
About 2 a.m., Woodstock police were dispatched to the area of Freemont and Vine streets after a caller indicated hearing possible gunshots. Officers went to the area but were unable to identify the cause.
About four hours later, at 6 a.m., officers were dispatched to a house in that area for a property damage complaint.
The woman there told officers that she had been sleeping in her upstairs bedroom when she was awakened by a loud sound about 2 a.m. She looked around but didn’t find anything unusual, and went back to sleep.
However, when she woke up later, she found a broken window in the dining room and called police.
Officers determined that a bullet, which they said had been fired from a neighboring upper-level apartment, had caused the damage. The residents of that apartment consented to a search, and police spoke with Csech.
According to police, Csech had pointed his Remington .30-06 rifle toward a TV and pulled the trigger, discharging one round. The trajectory sent the bullet into the neighbor’s home.
Csech, who has a valid firearm owner’s identification card, was arrested and taken to the Woodstock Police Department and then transferred to the McHenry County Jail, where he remained Friday afternoon.
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