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Pine County Man Faces Charges After Allegedly Firing a Handgun in Hinckley

A 56-year-old Pine County man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly fired a handgun from the window of a Hinckley residence.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies were called to the property on Sunday, January 16, with the report of shots fired. Witnesses at the scene told law enforcement that they believed the shots came from inside a bedroom of the home.

The suspect's girlfriend told deputies that she does keep a gun under her bed; however, she denied hearing any gunshots. She later admitted to law enforcement that the suspect had shot the gun in memorial of a friend that had passed away, and they had been at a celebration of life for earlier in the day.

Deputies located the suspect hiding in a crawl space in a closet of the bedroom. He initially denied that there was a gun in the house and did not want to answer questions. The suspect later admitted that he had fired the handgun three times in memorial of his friend, who had been like a mother to him.

Law enforcement noted that the suspect looked intoxicated, was slurring his words, and smelled of alcohol. A breathalyzer test done at the jail came back with a result of .258.

Deputies located a loaded Walther handgun under the bedroom where the gunshots were reported from.

He is facing one count of felony Reckless Discharge of a Firearm within a Municipality. It carries a maximum sentence of 2 years and/or a $5000 fine.

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