Crime & Courts

Cary man charged with attempted murder in nail gun attack told police he wanted to hurt himself

Edward J. Zegers, 52
Edward J. Zegers, 52

WOODSTOCK – A Cary man who was charged with attempted murder in connection with a nail gun attack earlier this month told police the only person he intended to hurt that day was himself.

Edward J. Zegers, 52, has been charged with attempted murder, home invasion and residential burglary. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance about 1:40 a.m. July 2 in the 7300 block of Swan Way. They found a man outside the home bleeding from the head and face.

Authorities went inside the home and found Zegers lying on the floor next to the bed, according to court documents. A nail gun, typically used for construction, was found under the bed close to Zegers.

The woman who owned the home, who knew Zegers and also was inside at the time of the incident, said he broke down the bolted front door, confronted the woman and her boyfriend and said, “I’m going to kill you.”

The boyfriend, who was later interviewed at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, where he was being treated, said he was sleeping at the woman’s house and woke up to her screaming, according to court documents.

He told police he saw Zegers push the woman aside, and he got out of bed and tried to help. The man said he didn’t see Zegers holding a nail gun, but heard a sound and felt a crack on his head, according to court documents. As a tradesman, the man knew the sound was a carbon dioxide cartridge being dispensed from an impact tool, he told police.

The man said he and Zegers fought and struggled, but he eventually got Zegers to the ground. He told police he heard Zegers say, “You’re dead,” and “I’m going to kill you,” according to court documents.

To defend himself and the woman, the man began hitting Zegers in the face until he was unconscious so that the two could get away.

Once they were outside, the woman called 911, according to court documents.

These statements contradicted what Zegers told police.

Zegers, who spoke to police at the hospital, said his plan was to commit suicide at the home with the nail gun. He said he was surprised when the man and woman were at the home. He said he drove by and saw the woman’s car and a second unknown vehicle in the driveway, according to court documents.

“He stated that be broke down the locked front door and went upstairs with a nail gun and concrete nails with the intent to kill himself,” court documents said.

Zegers said he was confronted by the woman on the second floor of the home, and he told her he was not expecting her boyfriend to be there. He said he then was attacked by the man.

He told police he hit the man over the head with the nail gun but denied ever saying, “I’m going to kill you.” Zegers told police the nail gun might have gone off when he pushed it to the man’s head by force when they were fighting.

“Edward told me that he was suicidal and not homicidal,” court documents said.

Zegers is out of jail custody after posting 10 percent of his $750,000 bond. He next will appear in court before Judge Sharon Prather on Friday.

Anyone who is feeling depressed can receive help, 24 hours a day, by calling the McHenry County Crisis Line at 800-892-8900.

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