July 30, 2014

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Man’s ‘message’ of gunfire triggers multiple charges

William Wendell

William Wendell

ELYRIA — A man who allegedly fired a gun into his backyard on Friday told police that he was just “trying to send a message.”

William J. Wendell, 58, was charged with inducing panic, using weapons while intoxicated, and discharging a firearm at his house on the 9200 block of Murray Ridge Road around 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

A neighbor who was standing in her kitchen when the shots were fired told police that she watched Wendell walk into his yard with a “pump action rifle” around 6 p.m. Wendell fired the rifle three times and yelled, “F— with me now,” according to the police report.

When police arrived at the scene they found Wendell sitting on a couch in his garage and said he appeared to be drunk, according to police.

Wendell told police that his house had been broken into earlier in the week. He said he had “a few beers” and fired the shotgun because he was trying to “send a message” to whomever had broken into his house, according to the report.

Wendell was taken to Lorain County Jail where he is being held without bond. His court appearance is scheduled for
9 a.m. Monday at Elyria Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

  • Smira29595

    Hey Biden said ” take your shotgun out and fire a few rounds” to scare off bad guys…

    • Phil Blank

      I’ve watch skinny young women try that on YouTube and the recoil knocks’em down.
      Kind of funny to watch.

      • Smira29595

        Ammo has gotten to expensive to fire warning shots……

  • Phil Blank

    And they turned out to be blank loads, right?

  • Arietta Sullivan

    he was just upset from being violated.though it was illegal for what he did..

  • ExVaultDweller

    Politician’s talk through both sides of their head! Biden tells us to fire two shots in the air with a shot gun then doesn’t pass the memo down through the ranks to all the local law enforcement agencies! Clear lies!

  • Joe Smith

    If the message was “I am a drunken idiot” then message received