Male Suspect Arrested with Stolen Firearm After Shooting into Unincorporated Antioch Neighborhood West of Channel Lake

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Joseph L. Engmark, Unlawful Use of Weapon suspect in unincorporated Antioch Township
Joseph L. Engmark, Unlawful Use of Weapon suspect in unincorporated Antioch Township.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded on August 27 and August 31, 2020, to the Channel Lake Subdivision in unincorporated Antioch for a report of shots being fired. When they arrived both times to investigate, sheriff’s deputies located used shell casings. They were .22 LR casings on both occasions.

The investigating deputies received information about a possible vehicle involved. Based on the description of the vehicle, the deputies determined the vehicle was involved in a recent traffic crash in the Village of Antioch. The driver at that time was identified as Joseph L. Engmark, 41, of the 10700 block of 255th Street, Trevor, WI. Through additional investigative work, deputies learned Engmark was a suspect in a 2018 burglary which occurred in the 43300 block of North Melva Avenue, unincorporated Antioch, where a .22LR rifle was stolen. The deputies obtained further information about the burglary and were able to determine based on witness descriptions, Engmark matched the description of the person who had been randomly firing the firearm in the Channel Lake Subdivision.

On September 11, 2020, sheriff’s deputies located Engmark driving southbound on Tiffany Road north of Route 173, Antioch. Sheriff’s deputies were aware Engmark had two active arrest warrants and was driving with a revoked driver’s license. They conducted a traffic stop on Engmark’s vehicle and placed him into custody. The sheriff’s deputies located the stolen .22LR rifle in Engmark’s vehicle.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

— Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Engmark was arrested and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the following charges:

Two Counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Class 2 Felonies)

Possession of a Stolen Firearm (Class 2 Felony)

Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class 3 Felony)

Driving with a Revoked Driver’s License (Class 4 Felony)

Engmark was transported to the Lake County Jail where he remains held on $75,000.00 bail. He is next due to appear in court on October 7, 2020, at 1:30PM in courtroom T110.

“I am extraordinarily proud of these patrol deputies for working diligently to identify and apprehend this man who was randomly driving through a neighborhood, firing a gun, and traumatizing the community. Everyday our sheriff’s deputies take pride in going the extra mile to keep our Lake County community safe.”

— Sheriff John Idleburg

Joseph L. Engmark, Unlawful Use of Weapon suspect
Joseph L. Engmark, Unlawful Use of Weapon suspect.



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Channel Lake is a large neighborhood or unincorporated community an a census-designated place in Antioch Township in Lake County located west of Channel Lake and northwest of Lake Marie. Lake Catherine is located east of the Channel Lake unincorporated community.

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