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Police: North Aurora man struck family member with gun

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 10:53 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 10:53 p.m. CST
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Gregory R. Bishop

NORTH AURORA – A North Aurora man has been charged with multiple felonies after police said he fired a shotgun into the ceiling of a home, and then struck a family member in the face with the butt of the gun.

Gregory R. Bishop, 45, of the first block of North Grace Street, was arrested without incident Tuesday, according to a news release from the North Aurora Police Department.

Bishop faces felony charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possessing a weapon as a felon on a second or subsequent offense and aggravated assault.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of causing bodily harm during a domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

North Aurora police were dispatched to the area of State Street and Lincolnway about 9:30 p.m. for a report of a domestic battery.

Police said Bishop allegedly kicked open the victim’s bedroom door, entered the room and fired a shotgun into the ceiling.

He then struck the victim in the face with the butt of the shotgun, according to the release. Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki said in an email that nothing is above the residence, such as an apartment.

The 31-year-old victim, one of Bishop’s relatives who also lives in the first block of North Grace Street, was able to escape the home, and Bishop attempted to take the phone away when the victim tried to report the incident to police.

The victim was treated at the scene for nonlife-threatening injuries, and Buziecki said the victim refused transportation to the hospital.

Bishop’s bond was set at $100,000 Wednesday morning at the Aurora Branch Court, meaning Bishop needs to post $10,000 to be released pending trial.

He is being held at the Kane County Jail, according to the release.

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