St. Charles man charged in false claim of armed intruder

Fake 911 report, aiming fake gun at police results in charges

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles man who was shot by police April 26 during an incident he allegedly created in a suicide-by-cop effort was charged with filing a false 911 alarm and aggravated assault of a police officer, both felonies, according to police and court records.

Christopher C. Kemble Jr., 20, of the 3400 block of Voltaire Lane, St. Charles, was charged July 24.

Kemble turned himself in to police July 26, St. Charles Deputy Chief Erik Mahan stated in an email.

Kemble had placed a 911 call to police, claiming there was an armed intruder in his house, police stated in a news release at the time.

When officers arrived, they encountered an armed person later identified as Kemble running from the area toward a neighborhood park, police stated in a news release at the time.

Officers tried to establish a perimeter to contain him, but Kemble pointed a handgun in the direction of officers and police fired on him, the release had stated.

Kemble was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva with gunshot wounds, then later airlifted to a Level 1 trauma center, the release had stated.

Police later learned that Kemble had communicated with friends that he had a gun and that he intended to kill himself or have police kill him, the release had stated.

“This is an unfortunate and isolated incident,” the release had stated. “We are supporting our officers through this difficult time and we sympathize with the Kemble family during this tragic event.”

According to the charging documents, Kemble called 911 in order to report false information when he knew at the time there was no reasonable ground for it and knowing it would result in an emergency response from public safety agencies.

Kemble also knowingly pointed a device similar in appearance to a firearm at a St. Charles officer, placing him in reasonable fear of receiving a battery while knowing he was a police officer, according to the charging documents.

The charges are Class 4 felonies, punishable by one to three years in prison and fines of up to $25,000 on each count.

Kemble posted $1,000 or 10 percent of the $10,000 bail that was set.

Kemble’s first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 16.

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