Man fires shotgun at another, hits him

ROOT — An argument between two males on Sunday escalated, resulting in the use of firearms by one of the men, who is now facing several charges.

Matthew P. Cool, 44, of 1031 Logtown Road, Fultonville was charged by Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies with two counts of second-degree assault, second-degree menacing, first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal use of a firearm.

Members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Sunday on Logtown Road. Cool had allegedly been involved in an altercation with another male at his residence, making violent threats.

He allegedly retrieved a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and discharged a single birdshot-type round in the direction of the victim. Projectiles from the shotgun round struck the victim causing non life-threatening injuries. Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith said the victim had minimal injuries that were non life-threatening and he was able to treat his injuries himself.

According to the release, Cool later disposed of the shotgun on his property some distance away from his residence in an attempt to hide the weapon.

Cool was located at his home and taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies and state police. The shotgun was recovered and collected as evidence.

Smith said Cool and the victim had gotten in an altercation in relation to Cool dating the victim’s mother.

Cool was transported to the sheriff’s office where he was processed on the charges and arraigned in Palatine Town Court.

He was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail and $50,000 property bond.

He is scheduled to reappear in Root Town Court at a later date.

The case has now been turned over to District Attorney Kelli McCoski for prosecution.


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