St. Charles Homeowner Defends Home Against Would-Be Burglar

Man shot after breaking into Mallard Lane house now faces felony charges.

Michael Huston, 26, was shot after he broke into a St. Charles-area home, according to the Kane County Sheriff. | Booking mug
Michael Huston, 26, was shot after he broke into a St. Charles-area home, according to the Kane County Sheriff. | Booking mug

A St. Charles Township homeowner shot an intruder last week who broke into his house. The 26-year-old thwarted burglar now faces two felony charges.

Michael Huston, of the 300 block of Walnut Street in St. Charles, was found by Kane County Sheriff's deputies near the Mallard Lake Road home, according to the Aurora Beacon News. He was taken to Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva and was released Saturday and into the Kane County jail, reports the Kane County Chronicle.

The homeowner was alone during the break-in and has a valid Illinois FOID card, according to the sheriff's department.
Jack March 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM
OK, Tim, we are talking past one another. I understand the legal necessity for the FOID card, according to Illinois law. The homeowner might have been forced, in the absence of a FOID approval, to defend himself in some less effective manner--which is a very bad situation, and anti-Constitutional as well--in order to avoid legal repercussions. This fact seems to bother relatively few in this state, but it's what we may have to live with a while longer. As it is, the intruder survived and wasn't tagged and bagged at the scene. Given his demonstrated proclivity to do stupid things, he really is--as you've said--very lucky. Maybe he'll even learn a lesson. An important point, and one that I hope will never be overlooked in this brave new world of Illinois Concealed Carry, is that a FOID card, a nice new rig, and 16 hrs of classroom & range training is not going to solve many potential self-defense problems, or avoid legal ones in their aftermath--even in ones own home. There is a whole range of knowledge, attitude and skill enhancements that also have to take place. The FOID card, though legally required, is paperwork--nothing more.
Ed March 25, 2014 at 02:46 PM
It is nice to see the founding fathers were smart in making the protection of ones home and life part of the constitution. I bet we do not see gun control advocates commenting about how wrong this situation is.
Jordan S. Zoot March 25, 2014 at 08:13 PM
The only sad aspect to his story is that the burglar wasn't killed.
Lou B. March 29, 2014 at 02:24 PM
My understanding of gun ownership requirements is that no enforceable action that can be taken against an Illinois resident who maintains a gun for protection in one's own home - regardless of FOID card ownership. The natural right to self defense has been recognized and codified by the founders, and today, even among liberals and other 2nd amendment deniers, the right to self preservation is seen as unimpeachable.


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