A Peotone man claimed to Will County sheriff’s deputies that he discharged his Glock 19 firearm three times at the ground to ward off a vehicle that pulled into his driveway, police said.
Deputies arrested Douglas E. Kuypers, 38, on Wednesday on a reckless discharge of a firearm charge in connection with the incident that took place at 120th Avenue in Peotone.
Although Kuypers claimed he was firing warning shots at an “unknown vehicle” that pulled into his driveway, a neighbor’s son told deputies that Kuypers waved a firearm and yelled at him before firing his gun, sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.
The man claimed Kuypers drove past his house while he was backing out of his driveway. Hoffmeyer said it was likely the two men almost collided.
Kuypers allegedly yelled out his car window at him and then pulled into his own driveway, Hoffmeyer said. The other man continued to pull out of his driveway and headed in the direction of Kuypers’ residence, she said.
While passing Kuypers’ residence, the man reportedly saw Kuypers standing outside, waving a firearm and yelling. The man then heard gunshots as he continued driving, and his father went to confront Kuypers who still had the gun in his hand.
“Kuypers told the neighbor to get off his property,” she said.
Kuypers told deputies that he fired his Glock 19 gun into the ground as warning shots to an unknown vehicle that pulled into his driveway.
Deputies confirmed the gun had been discharged, she said.