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Updated: Gun Recovered After Montgomery Shooting; Officer Stable After Being Struck by Car

Sgt. Adam Kuncl was injured while responding to a report of shots fired Saturday morning on Oakton Road; Kendall J. Collier, 18, of Oswego is charged with aggravated DUI in the incident. It's his fourth arrest since May.

Updated 1:45 p.m. Sunday

Montgomery police have recovered the .45-caliber handgun believed to have been used in a late-night shooting on Oakton Road, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The gun was found inside a black Dodge pickup truck at the scene of the shooting, which caused a mass exodus from a party in the 700 block of Oakton Road shortly after midnight Saturday, Chief Daniel Meyers told the Tribune.

The officer who responded to the report of shots fired, Sgt. Adam Kuncl, was struck by a vehicle at the scene and seriously injured police, said. His condition has since stablized.

Meyers said Kendall J. Collier, 18, was driving the 1998 white Chevy Malibu that struck Kuncl. The teen, of the 100 block of Linden in Oswego, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. According to Meyers, additional charges against Collier are pending.

According to the Tribune report, Collier was also hurt in the crash, apparently suffering a head injury when his head struck the steering wheel. He was treated and released from Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Meyers told the newspaper.

Meyers has not responded to email or voicemail messages left by Patch.

Updated 10:15 p.m. Saturday

According to a Montgomery Police Department news release, Patrol Sgt. Kuncl was listed in stable condition as of Saturday evening.

"We appreciate the strong outpouring of support for Sgt. Kuncl and his family," the release said.

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A Montgomery police officer was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured early Saturday morning while responding to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of Oakton Road, police said.

Patrol Sgt. Adam Kuncl was hit by a vehicle while leaving the area of the gunshots, which were reported around midnight.

In a press release, Chief Daniel Meyers said Kuncl was transported to a hospital to be treated and monitored for his serious injuries. Kuncl's condition wasn't immediately available Saturday morning.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, Kendall J. Collier, 18, was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery Police Department, where he was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence.

Additional charges against Collier are pending, Meyers said. Police didn't say whether Collier was believed to be involved in the alleged shooting.

Previous arrest records list Collier as a resident of the 100 block of Linden Drive in Oswego. He has been arrested three other times since May. On May 26 Collier was charged with possession of marijuana, according to police. On June 7 he was charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. He was arrested again for underage drinking Aug. 10, police reported. 

“We will know further information as the investigation progresses,” Meyer said. “Please keep Sgt. Kuncl and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Kane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Pat Gengler said sheriff’s police assisted with the investigation at the scene.

Nearly two hours after the incident, Aurora police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description of a truck spotted leaving the scene of the shooting.

Aurora Police Department spokesman Dan Ferrelli said officers stopped a black 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup around 1:45 a.m. at Melrose Avenue and Lafayette Street.

The two occupants, a 22-year-old man and 18-year-old woman, were taken into custody without incident and turned over to Montgomery police.

Ferrelli said Montgomery police released the two suspects without charges, but took possession of the truck for investigation. It was unclear whether the truck was believed to be the vehicle that struck the officer.

Montgomery police did not immediately return calls from Patch seeking additional information.

Robert Green October 01, 2012 at 11:05 PM
We are not the pathetic ones! Even if the adults are not perfect, we tell you kids to not smoke, drink, do drugs and hang around with the wrong types of kids (including bad parties) for a reason! Many have learned from experience and we are trying to save you and your friends from situations like this! You don't listen to us and then you get into trouble and then we are the pathetic ones for pointing out that you or your friends are in trouble for a reason!!! We don't hate you or Kendall!!! We want you to have good lives that are relatively free from trouble! ...but you don't or won't listen!!! Kendall is in jail because he wouldn't listen to the authorities that say don't drink and drive...NO MATTER WHAT! If Kendall didn't hang around with kids that did those sort of things, he wouldn't be in trouble now! YOU shouldn't do those sort of things either! I was mostly raised by my grandmother who told me not to do those things and I didn't. I also had an alcoholic mother that made me think I would never want to be that way! All these people are trying to tell you and your friends like Kendall how NOT to get into trouble! Will you listen? I doubt it! You only make excuses for why you can do it...everyone else is...why shouldn't I? ...because not everyone gets away with it!!! Even if you do get away with it, it isn't good for you!!! Learn to be responsible! You'll go farther in life!
Ed Arter October 01, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Wow, the officer was blind sided by a drunk. He probably didn't even know what hit him--now he will feel the pain and scars for the rest of his life. I hope Kendall understands (after spitting in a cops face) the life changeing ,crippling effects he has caused.I can only hope that these loveing kid responders feel the hurt Sgt Kunci is going thru instead of trying to put together funds to bail out this criminal. How about you young responders start a benefit fund raiser for the police Sgt who risked all to stop a 3(4) time loser drunk. Now that is the adult way of responding to a mistake made by a criminal.
Robert Green October 01, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I reiterate...no one hates Kendall or the rest of you kids! Adults want you to learn from OUR mistakes and not repeat them! We don't want you to get into trouble! Stay away from drugs, booze, and bad company (and it might not hurt to become a church goer)! Amazingly, if you do those things, your life will start to become devoid of trouble!!!
PT October 01, 2012 at 11:35 PM
$25,000.00 (10 pct of $250,000.00) that's a lot dough to get him out of the pokey. Just checked the Kane County Sheriff website and poor Kendall is still locked up. Another night of beans and weenies. Sleep well Kendall.
itdoesnotmatter October 01, 2012 at 11:42 PM
This website is simply adding fuel to the fire. Facts: Sgt. Kuncl was struck by a car driven by Kendall Collier. Sgt. Kuncl was NOT in a car at the time of the collision. Kendall Collier was subsequently arrested for DUI. Sgt. Kuncl suffered serious injuries. Kendall Collier has been arrested before. Kendall Collier is being held on a $250,000 bond. Let's not judge now. We don't wear the robe. We are entitled to opinions and sharing them all here is just making it worse. Let's just pray for the full recovery of Sgt. Kuncl and hope he can get back to his team at work soon. In the meantime, Kendall will have time to sit and think while he awaits a fair trial.

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