Two Caledonia men are accused of handling guns while using drugs and drinking, and one of the men shot a gun in the direction of homes.
Troy David, 20, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with a felony possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. If convicted of all charges, David faces up to 13 years eight months in prison and/or fines up to $36,000.
Ethan Willison, 20, was charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. If Willison is found guilty of all charges, he faces up to 18 years 10 months in prison and/or fined up to $36,500.
According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Caledonia Police Department were sent to a residence near Charles Street and Robin Lane for a report of someone shooting a gun.
Officers went to the scene, but couldn’t locate the source of the problem. They were about to leave when they decided to talk with Willison at his home in the 6400 block of Charles Street. When officers approached him, they could smell alcohol on his breath and noted that he had droopy eyelids and slurred his speech. He told officers that he had one beer and denied shooting off any guns. David explained that he is a felon and not allowed to have a firearm.
The officers asked if they could look around the house and he agreed. Moving into the home, an officer followed Willison. He quickly went upstairs. A second officer — who was staying with David downstairs — could hear the sound of metal clanking together and the sound of a plastic case closing. That officer thought Willison could now be armed. And both officers drew their guns.
They ordered Willison to the bottom of the stairs and put his hands up. David was also taken into custody.
The officer with David called out that he found multiple shell casings on the floor. Willison had been trying to put his gun in an open gun safe and was found open. There were multiple rifles, a shotgun and a revolver sticking out of the safe, according to the criminal complaint.
Willison told police that he was using his .357 magnum to shoot at a tree in his backyard “straight off the front door” and into Lake Michigan. David did not shoot the weapon, but he was “standing behind him telling him what branches to shoot at.”
Officers noted that two homes were “down range” from where Willison was shooting and one of the homes was occupied at the time the shots were fire.
“I believe it was purely luck that one of the bullets did not ricochet off a branch and hit one of the houses,” the complaint reads.
Willison told police he and David had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana while handling the guns. David was on probation for drug violations and Willison also had a prior drug conviction. Police collected a marijuana grinder, spent .357 magnum shells, two Xanax pills, and a pill bottle that smelled of marijuana. They also found THC “wax” in the basement.
David is being held on a $1,000 cash bond and Willison is being held on a $5,000 cash bond. They are expected to have a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.