Crime & Courts

Cary man arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm

A Cary man was arrested and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm following an incident where police say he shot a handgun in the first block of East Main Street in Cary.

Deputy Chief Scott Naydenoff of the Cary Police Department said nobody was injured.

“We didn’t get any indication he was trying to shoot at anyone,” Naydenoff said. “One of the witnesses indicated that he fired up in the air, not toward anyone or any buildings.”

Cary Police officers were dispatched to 22 E. Main St. at 11:30 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a spent shell casing outside the building. Following what police said was a brief standoff, Steven J. Burns, 48, was detained on the scene.

After searching Burns’ residence, officers found two firearms and miscellaneous firearm ammunition.

Burns did not have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card, officers learned during the investigation.

Along with reckless discharge of a firearm, Burns was also charged with one count of reckless conduct, two counts of possession of ammunition without a Valid FOID Card and two counts of possession of a Firearm without a Valid FOID Card.

Burns was taken to the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock to await a bond hearing.

The Cary Police Department still is investigating what started the situation, as well as how Burns got the guns without a FOID card, Naydenoff said.

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