Oak Park man arrested for firing handgun on Halloween

Man says two males rushed at him, prompting him to fire in the air

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Police Department arrested an Oak Park man on Halloween for firing a gun twice into the air outside his home in the 500 block of South Elmwood Avenue.

Police responded to a report of shots fired near the home of Robert Lewis, 56, at about 8:10 p.m. on Oct. 31, and found Lewis and two other males arguing in the alley near the intersection of Adams Street and Elmwood.

The two witnesses said they were in the alley when they heard what sounded like a loud gunshot. They said Lewis then appeared and began arguing with them.

They said Lewis stated: "What are you doing? No. No. get out of here." One of the witnesses told Lewis to "calm down."

Lewis then raised his shirt to display a black handgun in a holster on his right hip, they said, adding that Lewis then went back into his residence. He never pointed the gun at them, the two witnesses told police.

Police interviewed Lewis, who said he observed his garage motion-detector light go off in the alley and saw the two witnesses attempt to go into his neighbor's backyard.

Lewis told police that he confronted the two males in the alley and said, "Hey, what are you doing? Get out of here."

He told police that one of the two males said, "Oh, sir. Oh, sir," and rushed him in an aggressive manner from about 21 feet away.

Lewis said he felt threatened and fired his 40-caliber Smith and Wesson Shield handgun twice into the air. He then went back inside his residence and waited for police to arrive.

He was placed into custody and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, which is a class 4 felony.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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