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Police: Man who fired gun in Arlington Hts. condo was disarmed by mom

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Jeffrey T. Sterner. (Photo courtesy of Arlington Heights Police) Jeffrey T. Sterner. (Photo courtesy of Arlington Heights Police)
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 38-year-old northwest suburban man has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm from an incident last weekend where he allegedly fired several gunshots in his condominium, one of which went through the front door and into a neighbor's closet, until he was disarmed by his mother.

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At approximately 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, Arlington Heights police responded to the 6th floor of a condominium building in the 100 block of West Wing Street after they got a call of gunshots being fired from inside one of the units.

A woman inside the unit was with her son who was despondent and threatening to take his life, a release from police said. The woman called 911 and reported her son had fired a gun several times inside the unit. The 55-year-old woman was able to disarm her son and fled the condo, police Cmdr. Mike Hernandez said. She was taken into protective custody by officers, while her son remained inside the unit.

Her son refused to exit the home and police did not know if he had additional firearms. The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) was activated and an exterior perimeter of the downtown area was immediately established and secured by AHPD personnel and numerous officers from other agencies, the release said.

After numerous attempts to have him exit, without a response, police personnel forced entry into the unit and took the man into custody. The man, Jeffrey T. Sterner, was uninjured, and taken to Northwest Community Hospital for an evaluation.

The investigation revealed that Sterner fired several gunshots, including one that exited his condominium through the front door and came to rest in a neighbor's closet. The neighbor was not home.

Police conducted a search of the surrounding area and did not find anyone who had been injured or any property that had been damaged by the gunfire. No other firearms were found in the condominium.

Sterner was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm while FOID card was revoked. At a hearing at the Rolling Meadows courthouse on Friday, bond was set at $150,000. As of about 3:30 p.m. Sterner remained in custody, police said.

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