Racine police say David Montgomery pointed a gun at a neighbor because he said he thought they shot at the windows of his vehicle.
David Montgomery, 40, of Racine, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and second degree endangering safety, both with violent crime within a school zone attachments. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in jail and/or up to $50,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 7:26 a.m. Wednesday to a home near Spring Street and Luedtke Avenue for a report of a man with a gun. When officers arrived, a woman said she had her adult son in the car with her when a man – later identified as Montgomery – came out of a house in the 1700 block of Domanik Drive and pointed a handgun at her and told her to stop.
Police say the woman got scared and tried to drive away when Montgomery grabbed at the car door as if to open it, but the door was locked. The defendant kicked the woman’s car as she pulled off. When the woman was away from the area she called police and said she had no idea what provoked the confrontation.
After running the plates of the vehicle in the driveway of the residence in question, investigators obtained a search warrant, the complaint reads. Outside they found closed-circuit cameras wired to a monitor inside a bedroom. Under a mattress in that bedroom, police also found a large hunting knife and a black case with a loaded, Hi Pointe 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
Officers say in the closet of the bedroom they also discovered a magazine containing .40 caliber Smith & Wesson ammunition and a .40 caliber Hi Pointe Carbine rifle. The defendant said neighbors had been shooting out his garage windows with a BB gun and breaking his fence.
When Montgomery was interviewed, he agreed to speak without a lawyer and said he was getting kids ready for school Wednesday when one of the children thought they heard shots, the complaint reads. In response, Montgomery said he grabbed a BB gun that looks real and went outside to confront the parties and was almost run over by the woman in her car.
Police say when Montgomery was told there were no BB guns found in the house, Montgomery said he threw it away.
The defendant remained in the Racine County Jail Friday on a $1,000 cash bond. His next court date is Nov. 5 for a preliminary hearing.