On Saturday, March 16, 2019 at approximately 4:45 AM the Rockford police responded to the 1700 block of Genoa Street in reference to a domestic battery complaint involving a gun.
Upon their arrival officer learned a 31-year-old male and a 32-year-old female got into an argument that led to a physical altercation. The two had a domestic relationship.
Officers located a vehicle in the driveway of the residence that had had been reportedly damaged with a shovel by the female. Officers then learn the male fired off one round from a handgun into the air. No one was injured and nothing was struck by the gunfire.
Officers took the mail identified as James Howell into custody and arrested him for reckless discharge. Police took him down to the Winnebago County jail and lodged him. According to the jail website he is currently on no bond with a felony pending and his next court date is Unavailable.
The charges against him are merely an accusation and he is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.