Archive for Monday, January 14, 2013

Ottawa man allegedly fires round into apartment; no one injured

January 14, 2013


For the second time in recent weeks, Ottawa police responded to the unlawful discharge of a firearm.

According to a news release from the Ottawa Police Department, 21-year-old Ottawa resident Christopher D. Dahlke was issued a citation Friday after allegedly firing a shot while at the Sienna South Apartments in the 900 block of West 17th Street. The round entered an adjoining apartment where no one was home.

Dahlke will be required to appear in Ottawa Municipal Court to face a charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Following the incident, which comes on the heels of the accidental shooting of a 4-year-old Jan. 4 in Ottawa, Ottawa Police Captain Adam Weingartner issued a warning about firearms.

“This is the second discharge of a firearm call in Ottawa in the past week. In both cases the triggers to the weapons were deliberately pulled; the weapons were thought to both be unloaded," he said. "It is important for residents to handle firearms safely; if you think the weapon is unloaded make sure to check it again."


Benjamin Roberts 5 years, 1 month ago

"...if you think the weapon is unloaded make sure to check it again."

And, then, don't pull the trigger.

bigtoe 5 years, 1 month ago

The LJW is working overtime to find any story from anywhere that has to with the use of a gun - even the most trivial like this traffic ticket type offense.

kawrivercrow 5 years, 1 month ago

No, this guy is every bit a threat to society as some drunk on the road with a BAC of 0.24.

He is lucky he didn't kill someone.

The fact of the matter is he was an absolute idiot who broke the golden rule of safe gun handling: Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.

Jeanne Cunningham 5 years, 1 month ago

The weapon and/or any other weapons this person has SHOULD be confiscated. Until/unless he can demonstrate that he is trained and capable of being responsible with a firearm, he should NOT have access to one. No different than not allowing a drunk to get back into his/her vehicle and driving off.

jhawk1998 5 years, 1 month ago

Even the most experienced and safety-conscious marksmen can accidentally discharge a firearm. This happened to one of my brothers. Thankfully no one was injured then or now.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 1 month ago

I know I am in the minority but I do not believe in leaving a round in the chamber or in carrying a gun if you are not constantly aware of it. If you are walking with a knife in your hand are you not aware of it?

kawrivercrow 5 years, 1 month ago

I took the Kansas Hunter Safety Course 36 years ago and I specifically remember basic rules that would have prevented this event as well as the near-death of the 4 year old.

If you and I are in the minority, then society has failed horribly.

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years, 1 month ago

Wait for it, wait, wait, lets here it now. Lets hear how this kind of thing never happens in Lawrence.

hedshrinker 5 years, 1 month ago

what the hack is going on in Ottawa? repeated recent gun problems and stealing a handicapped dog's auxiliary mobility apparatus? Jeez!

hedshrinker 5 years, 1 month ago

and armed robbery too, I see....cabin fever?

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