Gun fired in domestic burglary: Report

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Gazette Staff
December 7, 2007
— Town of Bloomfield police recovered three handguns and arrested a Poplar Grove, Ill., man following a Nov. 23 domestic dispute in the township.

Joseph D. Huntzicker, 39, of 200 White Oak Drive, came to his ex-girlfriend’s house, barged in with a handgun in each hand and searched for the woman, according to a criminal complaint.

When police arrived, the woman was outside in the driveway. She reported Huntzicker was still inside with his infant son and another man.

The man came out and Huntzicker followed later, holding his son, according to the complaint.

He gave his son to the man and surrendered to police without further incident.

Two loaded guns were found on the lawn. He told officers he had another loaded handgun in his car, according to the complaint.

The man reported that while inside, Huntzicker pointed the weapons at him, then turned one to the wall and fired.

Huntzicker then said, “Now you know what I’m capable of,” the man reported.

Police had been at the woman’s home minutes before Huntzicker arrived. The ex-girlfriend had called to report harassing phone calls and messages left by Huntzicker, according to the complaint.

Huntzicker called six times while the officer was there taking the complaint.

When the officer took the phone, he was screaming and complaining about seeing his son, according to the complaint.

Huntzicker is charged with armed burglary with the use of a dangerous weapon.

He faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

A preliminary hearing was set Jan. 23.

Huntzicker was released from custody after posting $20,000 bond.

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