Robert Walsh

Robert Walsh of Sandwich. (DeKalb County Jail booking photo)

A Sandwich man was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at an Illinois Conservation Police officer following an incident near Earlville on Saturday.

According to DeKalb County Court records, 42-year-old Robert Walsh of Sandwich was additionally issued tickets for several conservation violations. The violations include Transporting an Uncased Gun, No Hunting License, No Deer Permit, No Blaze Orange, No Habit Stamp and Having a Gun in a State Refuge.

Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. Phil Wire says officers were called to a residence in the 2200 blk. of Chicago Rd. at around 4:00 p.m. following a report of a rifle-shot deer on the property.

Wire told WSPY that it was unlawful to shoot the deer with a rifle. No residents were home when officers were called to the area initially.

At around 8:30 p.m., a white pick-up truck being driven by 44-year-old Michael Hawkins of Earlville pulled up to the residence.

Wire says an officer shined a light into the front window of the pick-up truck, at which time Walsh was seen sitting in the back.

Walsh allegedly pointed a shotgun at the officer, after which he was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and issued tickets for the conservation violations.

Court records indicate that Walsh was previously charged with multiple felonies, including Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, dating back to 2008.

No shots were fired during the incident with police on Saturday and no injuries were reported.

Upon investigation, it was found that Hawkins had allegedly shot the deer. Hawkins was issued conservation violations including Unlawful Taking of a Whitetail Deer, No Blaze Orange and No Deer Permit.

Hawkins was additionally cited for Illegal Transportation of Alcohol and was released from the scene.

Walsh was transported to the DeKalb County Jail for booking.

Information provided in this report has been obtained from area authorities, including but not limited to local police, fire and emergency dispatch officials. Information is sourced only from official sources of public information unless otherwise stated. Subjects listed who have been charged or cited for crimes have not been proven guilty in court and all acts are alleged.