A man who had his yard toilet-papered by young people ran outside with a shotgun and ended up shooting his neighbor’s SUV, police said.
The St. Charles police the youth were TPing Daniel W. Beachamp’s home in the 1300 block of Edinburgh Drive in St. Charles about 11:25 p.m. Sunday.
Beachamp ran outside with a shotgun as those TPing the house were leaving. Several of the young people told police Beachamp pointed a shotgun at their vehicle as they left, but he did not fire the weapon.
At about the same time, Beachamp’s 61-year-old neighbor, her 64-year-old sister and an exchange student were returning home in their vehicle and encountered Beachamp waving his arms in the street in attempt to get her to stop.
Police said the driver saw the shotgun in his hand and tried to drive around him.
Beauchamp hit her car with his hand while yelling at her, as she drove past the neighbor said she heard a loud pop. The woman continued to her residence and pulled into her garage, where she saw that her vehicle had been struck with the round fired from the shotgun, in the left front tire which had punctured it causing it to lose air.
St. Charles police spokesman Sgt. Todd Wilson said Beauchamp thought the neighbor's SUV were teens who had tp'd his home coming back down the street.
Beauchamp was charged Monday with 3 counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Beauchamp admitted to investigators that he shot at the vehicle and is being held in the city of St. Charles in lieu of a $20,000 bond.