Man Charged After Accidental AR-15 Rifle Fire into Unit Above His Apartment on Panorama Drive, Palatine

800 block Panorama Drive Palatine (Image capture May 2019 ©2021 Google)
800 block Panorama Drive Palatine (Image capture May 2019 ©2021 Google).

Palatine police officers responded about 10:11 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2021 Palatine to the block of 800 Panorama Drive to a report of a shot or shots fired in an apartment building. A subsequent investigation revealed that a single shot was fired from an AR-15 rifle due to an accidental discharge of the weapon inside an apartment unit. The bullet went through the ceiling and into an adjoining apartment, but no one was struck, and no injuries occurred during the incident.

Police charged Jordan A. Johnson, 32, of the block of 800 Panorama Drive, Palatine, with one count of Reckless Conduct — a Class A Misdemeanor.

Johnson’s next court date is July 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cook County 3rd District Courthouse in Rolling Meadows, IL.

The Palatine Police Department urges residents to educate themselves on gun handling and cleaning safety if they legally own a gun. Safe and secure storage is of paramount importance. Always check twice prior to cleaning any handgun to make sure it is unloaded, and always handle a gun as if it were loaded. There are many reputable handgun safety courses and instructors that can be of assistance. For more information about firearms in Illinois, visit the Illinois State Police website.



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