Homeowner Shoots Suspect in Attempted Burglary

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a man tried to break into his ex-girlfriend's house last night--but instead of sweet nothings he got some gunshot wounds.

41-year-old Chauncey Williams tried to break into his ex-girlfriend's home around 10 pm Monday night. Instead of welcoming him inside, police say his ex shot at him from behind the front door. Multiple bullets hit him in the arm. Williams was let out of prison in August; he was locked up in 2006 for trying to do the same thing. He was supposed to serve a 10-year sentence, but got out of prison five years early.

Winn. Co. Detective Dominic Iasparro said, "They have not been together recently. There’s been a significant period of time since they've been together, so exactly what his intent was--we’re not sure. He had gone to the penitentiary for a prior incident involving the same victim."

The Winnebago County State's Attorney is charging Williams with attempted residential burglary. He’s under police guard at a local hospital.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Late Monday night, at approximately 10:15P.M. Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to the 1600 block of Prairie Ave in reference to a Burglary and Shooting. Upon arrival they located a male with gunshot wounds to his arms. He was identified as Chauncey A. Williams (DOB 9-9-70/41yrs old). He was located in a yard near the location of the burglary.

Williams was transported to a local hospital and admitted for treatment.

Investigation at the scene determined that Williams had attempted to forcibly enter the front door of the residence, which was occupied by a female that Williams had a prior relationship with.

As Williams attempted to make entry the female fired several rounds from a handgun through the door striking Williams. He then walked from the scene and was taken into custody by responding deputies.

The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and a charge of Attempted Residential Burglary was authorized against Williams. A warrant was obtained and he is under Police guard at the hospital.

The charge against Williams is merely an accusation. He is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.

The investigation is on-going. A photo of Williams accompanies this release.

Williams is currently out on parole.

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  • by oatka Location: Rockford on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM
    Williams was let out of prison in August; he was locked up in 2006 for trying to do the same thing. He was supposed to serve a 10-year sentence, but got out of prison five years early. . . . Williams is currently out on parole. What's wrong with our justice system in a nutshell. I will add: 1) He has a record as long as your arm 2) He was out early because of "good behavior” - or "he found Jesus" 3) The crime he was jailed for was plea-bargained down from a more serious charge 4) All of the above Until the media starts printing the names of these lenient judges and parole board members who routinely recycle these people back into society, the citizens will have to do the Judicial System's dirty laundry in order to protect themselves. Far too long they have operated in the shadows and are not held responsible for their errors in judgment or the flawed agenda they espouse.
  • by Douglas Location: Northern IL on Feb 15, 2012 at 04:41 AM
    Oh wait this is not over. She will probably have to hire a lawyer to protect her rights to defend herself. A Grand Jury will have to review this to clear her. Then the scum bag who ILLEGALLY entered her home will then probably sue her. As far as what she did I don't have a problem with it, she was in the right.
  • by Mike Location: Choctaw on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:40 AM
    YES!!! About I love it when someone protects their own!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!
  • by Faye Location: Rockford on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    This was one smart lady to have the gun ready as she probably knew it was just a matter of time before he came after her. He needs to stay in prison this time!
  • by old guy Location: freeport on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:22 PM
    Glad the woman was not injured she has every right to protect her self.Did he realy get out of jail 5 yr.early.Linda had it right YOU GO GIRL
  • by huh? on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:11 PM
    Good for you. Because he was in prison for attacking her before. She had enough sense to anticipate his next move. Seems like he got his due. Since he came after her when he was released why shouldn't he spend the rest of his life in prison so she Can be safe.
  • by terance Location: rockford on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:02 PM
    can you say self defense plus obviously he wasnt welcome there the first shot should of been a warning matter of fact first time going to prison he should of learned to stay away from her? she did right?
  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    Wait a minute..... "He was an outstanding father that was simply looking for his car keys. He was confused as to where he was and everyone has it all wrong". Said the family that speaks out. LOL
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      by peacemaker on Feb 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM in reply to Dave
      RE: post by Dave 2/14/12 - Seriously? Did his family actually make that ridiculous statement? The Jaws shark delivering a 'candygram' to Lorraine Newman on SNL comes to mind. But what I LOVE, is the fact that she didn't wait until he was inside. She just shot right through the door - Good Move! 5 bucks says she won't be bothered by ANY exes ever again!
  • by Scooter Location: Rockford on Feb 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM
    Chalk one up for the average citizen for a change. Now if we can only get conceal carry passed then we may see a decline in parking lot robberies after a few thugs get their due and cause others to think twice. Right now they know they can get away with it because the law abiding citizen is defenseless. Let's keep the pressure on our lawmakers to get a conceal carry bill presented and passed.
  • by Linda Location: Rockford on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:41 PM
    If things happened the way it was reported, all I can say is "You go girl!!!!!"
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