2ND UPDATE: Charges Filed In St. Charles Residential Shooting Incident
St. Charles police say charges have been approved against Timothy B. Fay, the man who claimed he had been shot by a burglar Thursday (Oct. 26, 2017) while house-sitting at a residence on Grandview Court on the city’s northwest side.
According a news release issued at around 4:15 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 1), a warrant against Fay was issued on Oct. 30 for the following charges:
- Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm: Into a Building From Outside – a Class X felony
- Reckless Discharge of a Firearm – a Class 4 felony
- Disorderly Conduct: False Crime Report – a Class 4 felony
Fay, 28, of Yorkville, is still hospitalized, and arrangements will be made to take him into custody upon his release, police said.
According to the initial report, St. Charles officers were dispatched at around 2:25 p.m. Thursday to a call of a residential burglary in progress. The caller reported that he had been shot, and as a safety measure, officers requested that the area schools be put into lockdown status.
St. Charles North High School moved outside activities and sports practices inside, while Wildrose Elementary and Ferson Creek Elementary held the school buses that would drop off in the area of the incident.
Fay was transported to Delnor Hospital-Northwestern Medicine by the St. Charles Fire Department. He was conscious and breathing, and the wound to the shoulder area was not considered to be life threatening, police said.
On Friday, the St. Charles Police Department officials issued a news release saying they believed the incident “was not the result of an armed intruder,” after examining the scene and interviewing witnesses.
“These interviews, coupled with both the timeline of the events and the evidence evaluated by crime scene technicians lead us to believe that the manner in which this crime was reported did not occur,” Police Chief James Keegan said in the Friday news release.
As part of the subsequent investigation, officers found a neighbor’s house had been struck by a bullet fired from within the residence of the original call. The bullet had penetrated the back door and an interior wall of the neighbor’s house, police said.
Officers also found numerous spent casings of various calibers throughout the house on Grand View Court.
“Bullet holes were found in the walls of the residence, (in) furniture, and even the overhead garage door,” today’s news release said.
Investigators determined that Fay was the person who broke the glass in the back door.
St. Charles officials emphasize that the charges against Fay are not proof of guilt. Fay is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: St. Charles Police Department news releases