Crime & Courts

Lake in the Hills man involved in standoff allegedly told police officers 'I'll shoot you'

A 27-year-old man charged in connection with a police standoff in Lake in the Hills allegedly threatened to shoot officers, court documents show.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Garrett C. Kowalczyk provided a closer look at the charges against the Lake in the Hills man involved in a nearly six-hour police standoff Friday.

Officers responded about 4 p.m. to a report of an intoxicated man in the 100 block of Harvest Gate.

When police arrived, Kowalczyk allegedly told officers “I have a gun” and “I’ll shoot you,” according to the criminal complaint.

Kowalczyk did not display a weapon, and authorities found no firearms when they later searched the man’s home, police have said.

After the alleged threat, Kowalczyk retreated into the home, where police said he stabbed a wall several times with a knife, according to the complaint.

Kowalczyk is charged in McHenry County court with threatening a public official, resisting a peace officer and aggravated assault.

He also faces criminal damage to property charges stemming from officers’ attempts to remove him from the home.

According to the complaint, Kowalczyk caused police to damage the carpeting in one room by refusing orders and prompting the officers to set off a stun grenade inside the house.

Officers also damaged a bedroom door once they were inside, according to the complaint.

Kowalczyk remained at the McHenry County Jail on Thursday afternoon. He would need to post $7,500 to be released.

His Crystal Lake-based attorney, Karlen Covey, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

Kowalczyk is expected to make his next court appearance Feb. 26.

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