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Man Accidentally Fires Glock 19, Sending Bullet Into St. Charles Home

A West Chicago man comes forward after accidentally firing his friend’s pistol Jan. 21, damaging a home across the street. No one is hurt.

A West Chicago man accidentally fired a Glock 19, sending a bullet through the wall of his friend’s St. Charles home and damaging a door of a home across the street, St. Charles police report.

No one was injured in the incident.

Aaron M. Studer, 22, of the 3N400 block of Hickory Knoll, West Chicago, was charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct in the Jan. 21, 2013 shooting incident on Monroe Avenue. He posted $150 bond and was released pending a Feb. 21 court appearance.

Studer could have faced a felony charge of reckless discharge of a firearm, but police reports described Studer as “extremely honest and apologetic,” and noted he was forthcoming about taking responsibility for the accident, offering immediately to pay for the damage. Other factors considered were the shooting was unintended — Studer did not know the gun was loaded when he pulled the trigger — and that he has no criminal record.

Studer was charged at 12:20 a.m., about 28 minutes after police were called to a home on the 500 block of Monroe Avenue by a woman reporting that someone had broken the glass front door of her home. She told officers that before they arrived, she learned that the damage to her door was the result of an accidental shooting.

With her in her home, using her phone when police arrived, was a neighbor from across the street. He told officers that Studer had come to his home after the two had finished working out, and that he showed Studer his 9 mm Glock 19 handgun. He told police he had informed Studer the gun was not loaded, meaning there was no round in the firing chamber, although the magazine was inserted in the pistol.

Studer did not realize that when he racked the slide of the gun, which pushed a round into the chamber and discharged when he pulled the trigger. The bullet passed through the wall and then damaged the door on the home across the street.

After they recovered from the shock, the man said he and Studer went out into the street to see where the bullet went and to learn if anyone was injured.

Police said Studer, who also was at the shooting scene when officers arrived, took responsibility for the accident and apologized to the woman whose door had been damaged. He told her he had not intended to cause any damage or harm and offered to pay for the damage, police said.

The woman told police she appreciated Studer had been forthcoming about the accident and did not want to press charges.

The gun’s owner produced for police his firearm owner’s identification card, the spent bullet casing, and two guns — the Glock 19 that had been fired, and  Hornady Luger 9 mm bullets. Police took the Glock 19 into evidence.

Martha Hanna January 30, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Good thing no one got hurt... that is the problem with guns. I read of a man getting shot and killed while his neighbor was cleaning his gun.
Geneva Resident January 30, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Martha, please tell me what the gun itself did wrong here? This is not 'the problem with guns'. This is the problem with idiots handling those guns. This is why we need more firearm education. Safety rule #1 is that you ALWAYS treat the firearm as it is loaded - always keep it facing a safe direction. Guns are NOT the problem.
Geneva Dad January 30, 2013 at 06:44 PM
If someone crashed into the woman's front door while driving drunk would that the problem with alcohol?
Martha Hanna January 30, 2013 at 11:52 PM
That's the problem...too many idiots have guns!!
Geneva Resident January 31, 2013 at 12:45 AM
What would be your solution to that 'problem'?
Martha Hanna January 31, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I have no idea what the solution to guns are. The NRA touts itself as a club who teaches and preaches to their members about gun safety. The problem is too many people with guns are idiots. We should run public service ads stating "Do you know where your guns are?" And then remind people "if you have children in your home make sure your guns are in a safe place" Then maybe some of the "idiots" will remember to lock their guns up or whatever you do with your guns.
Danny H January 31, 2013 at 06:53 PM
The problem with guns is that when a mistake is made it kills people. The problem with guns is that any idiot can walk into a gun show and purchase one with no training or background check. The problem with guns is that they are uniquely and uncompromisingly deadly. You can play word games all you want--there's a rpoblem with guns in America. Once most of us are honest about it, we'll see fewer deadly mistakes. Blind luck saved that neighborhood from a tragedy. And no I'm not in any way proposing taking away anyone's gun. So leave that out of this.
Danny H January 31, 2013 at 07:03 PM
1) A background check for every gun sale 2) Input all necessary records into the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System 3) Strip riders from the administration’s fiscal year 2014 budget and all future budgets that restrict gun data collection and sharing
PK January 31, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Did this apologetic fellow have a F.O.I.D. Card? (For those who don't, One can't even touch or move a gun in Illinois) Why don't they charge the owner of the gun, who should know the rules. Just like a bartender, or homeowner who over served alcohol to someone and an "accident" ensued? Since it was obviously considered an accident, quit dragging the fellows name through the mud. Also,if the owner had had "mag safe bullets" they would not have gone through a wall.
Rcm11 January 31, 2013 at 08:30 PM
O.B. --- He had a FOID card that he willingly produced for the cops. It's right there in the article.
Geneva Resident January 31, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Danny - So if I want to pass on a family heirloom gun to my son, I have to background check my own kid?? If we are going to put further limits on our 2nd amendment rights, should we also have authorities screen messages before we are allowed to exercise our 1st amendment rights? By your logic, we should also require an alcohol license to serve alcohol to friends/family in our own houses??
DC February 01, 2013 at 12:14 AM
No, its the car's fault. Cars kill tens of thousands of people a year more than guns. We should confiscate them all.
DC February 01, 2013 at 12:17 AM
We could promote more NRA membership. If more people took advantage of their educational and training programs we could convert those "idiots" into responsible and and skilled gun owners.
Geneva Resident February 01, 2013 at 02:07 AM
My other reply is 'pending approval' - not sure what about it was a problem.. I posed 2 honest questions in response to Danny. While that is pending: Danny - to your other post about guns being deadly - this is why we need to ENFORCE the existing ~20,000 laws/regulations already on the books with firearms. Anyone who carelessly handles/uses a firearm deserves to be instantly punished.

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