A 65-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly intentionally fired a gun toward her boyfriend but missed while they were arguing in Hebron Tuesday evening.
A Hebron police officer was stationed at Main Street and Maple Avenue in Hebron around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The officer was approached by a man who reported he had been involved in a domestic disturbance, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court.
The victim said he was in a verbal and physical altercation at his home with his girlfriend, who fired a gun during the incident.
The Wonder Lake Police Department responded to assist with the situation.
Officers arrived at the residence in the 10200 block of Brigham Trail in Hebron and approached the home.
They knocked on the front door and rang the doorbell but no one answered, the complaint said.
The victim walked the officers into the home and met with Lucille Smentek, 65, of Hebron, who told officers a verbal altercation occurred over an affair the victim had, the complaint said.
The complaint said Smentek reported that her boyfriend had physically abused her in the past and she was in fear for her safety after he “aggressively” approached her that evening.
She discharged a handgun in her boyfriend’s direction as a “warning shot,” the complaint said.
The victim told officers that Smentek had followed him upstairs during the argument.
He went back downstairs and she began waving the handgun around before firing it in his direction, the complaint said.
The bullet traveled through a television and into the living room wall.
Officers also checked the neighboring home to make sure no one was injured.
The male victim said Smentek also pistol-whipped him on his wrist, the complaint said.
Smentek was charged with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony.
She was transported to the McHenry County Jail where she remains held. Prosecutors are seeking to have her detained pending her trial.