Jason Weasel, 42, posted bail over the weekend, securing his release from the City-County Jail in Carmi following a Friday night incident that resulted in his arrest on a preliminary charge of home invasion.
Carmi Police Chief Randy Hamblin said Weasel is accused of going to the home of 35-year-old Nick White in the 400 block of South Church Street around 8:45 p.m. Friday to attempt to have his 19-year-old daughter, Chantelle, return home from White's residence.
Weasel allegedly began kicking the rear door of White's residence and forced his way inside where he was confronted by two other male houseguests.
One of the houseguests punched Weasel in the face, opening a laceration over his right eye. White and the houseguests dragged Weasel outside the back door where White helped him up and walked him back to Weasel's pickup.
Once at the pickup, Weasel allegedly grabbed a Smith & Wesson .44-magnum revolver with an eight-inch barrel from the driver's seat and attempted to shoot White. A scuffle ensued between White and Weasel over the handgun. Two shots were fired from the weapon during the struggle. One went through a window on White's residence and its further path is undetermined.
The second round went through an SUV parked in the driveway that belonged to White. The round continued south where it ricocheted off a residence and returned roughly northwest where it struck another residence.
No one was injured by the shots fired.
Carmi police officers were summoned to the scene by Weasel's daughter. They responded with back-up officers from the White County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Conservation Police as well as officers from Crossville, Grayville and Enfield.
The scene was secured and processed for evidence as several witnesses were interviewed. Weasel was booked at the jail where he later posted $10,000 cash bail. No formal court date has been set in the case.