Charges have been filed against a man from unincorporated Sandwich after he allegedly fired a crossbow at a Sandwich Police officer when police and LaSalle County Sheriff's deputies were called to a domestic disturbance in the Countryside Estates mobile home lot on Monday.
LaSalle County Court records show that 57 year-old Curtis Poe of the address in the number 47 lot, is charged with Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Assault. A count of misdemeanor of Resisting a Peace Officer was listed on LaSalle County Jail booking information but, as of Wednesday, is not listed in online court documents.
According to the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office, who was the lead agency on the case, deputies and police responded to the 2700 block of N. 4710th Rd. on Monday around 1:01 p.m.
A subsequent Sandwich Police Department report indicates that Sandwich officers were called to assist with the "in-progress domestic" situation that was also listed as a "suicidal subject" incident. According to the report, Sandwich officers were advised while en route that Poe allegedly, "threatened to harm anyone that comes to his house and further stated the officers that arrived were going to have to shoot him."
While speaking with a family member, police say they were also advised that Poe had a, "dart gun." Within the report and the sheriff's office statement, authorities refer to the item as a "crossbow" with "crossbow arrows."
After arriving, officials allege officers and deputies were confronted by Poe, who was armed with a crossbow. The sheriff's office says Poe was given several orders to put the weapon down as he allegedly took aim at law enforcement.
In the Sandwich Police report, it indicates that an officer deployed a Taser with no effect. A second officer then deployed a Taser with minimal effects. As the first officer advanced along the side of a trailer where he had been for cover, the report indicates that officer deployed another Taser when Poe allegedly fired a crossbow arrow at him.
Sandwich Police Chief Jim Bianchi told WSPY that while the arrow struck the officer, it is believed to have either bounced off the officer's protective vest or other equipment. That officer was not injured but a second officer sustained a minor injury in Poe's apprehension. He was hospitalized and was released.
The report indicates that the Taser landed and Poe was taken to the ground where several more crossbow arrows were removed from his hand.
The sheriff's office said in their statement that Poe was transported to Valley West Hospital. He was later released into custody at the LaSalle County Jail.
Court records show bond has been set at $100,000 and Poe was appointed a public defender. His next court date is scheduled for July 16th.
Police officials said there could be additional charges filed but that would be reviewed by the LaSalle County State's Attorney.
This story has been updated with additional information from a subsequent Sandwich Police report.
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