Montgomery man facing felony charges after accidental gunshots strike neighbor’s home

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged a Montgomery man with discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm, both felonies, after a shotgun the man was cleaning at his home accidentally went off and struck a neighbor’s residence.

In a statement, Montgomery police identified the suspect as Derrick S. Porter, 45, of the 1700 block of Stonegate Drive in the Fairfield Way subdivision on the village’s far west side.

In the statement, police said officers were summoned at 9:59 p.m. Sept. 6 to a residence in the 1700 block of Stonegate Drive on a report of criminal damage to property. Police said a resident of the home had found six gunshot holes in an upstairs closet upon returning to the home.

While investigating, officers determined the path of the gunshots had originated from a neighbor’s house.

Police said officers then made contact with Porter who advised them that while cleaning a shotgun in an upstairs room it accidentally went off, striking a wall.

No one was hurt or needed any medical assistance as a result of the incident, according to police.

Police said they consulted the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office which then authorized the charges against Porter.

Police said they are in possession of the shotgun used during the incident.

After booking, police said Porter was remanded into the custody of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

John Etheredge

John Etheredge

Editor of the Record Newspapers and, John's career as a journalist in Kendall County began in 1981. Over the years his news beats have included county government, municipal government, school boards, police and more. He also writes editorials on local issues and the weekly Kendall County Government Newsletter.