About 4:40 p.m. Friday, Ottawa police officers responded to Sienna South Apartments in the 900 block of West 17th Street, Ottawa, after Christopher D. Dahlke reported he fired a gun into an adjacent apartment, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa police department, said in a release. Officers arrived and determined one round was fired from a firearm into the adjoining apartment, but since no one was in the apartment at the time, no injuries were reported.
Dahlke, 21, Ottawa, apparently was handling the firearm when it went off, Weingartner said. The round was found on the floor of the apartment. Dahlke was issued a notice to appear in Ottawa Municipal Court for unlawful discharge of a gun in city limits.
Friday’s incident was the second time in about a week that Ottawa police have responded to a call about the discharge of a firearm, Weingartner said. On Jan. 4, a boy suffered a gunshot wound to the upper left leg, police said previously, when Brian Keith Bruno, the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, discharged a firearm. Bruno later was arrested and charged in the case, police said.
In both shootings, Weingartner said, the weapons were thought to be unloaded and the triggers were deliberately pulled. Constant caution is needed when handling firearms, he said.
“It is important for residents to handle firearms safely; if you think the weapon is unloaded make sure to check it again,” he said. “In the first case, a 4-year-old child was injured; fortunately in this case no one was injured.”