St. Charles man fires at neighbor's car after catching pranksters trash yard

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by KMOV.com Staff / Lauren Trager

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Posted on September 23, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 11:04 PM

(KMOV) -- Innocent victims are speaking about their own neighbor who shot at them, thinking they were teenage pranksters.

Dan Beauchamp is charged with opening fire on three people Sunday night in the 1300 block of Edinburgh Drive in St. Charles.  He was charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Police say Beauchamp allegedly came outside around 11:25 p.m. to confront a group of teens he believed were there to toilet paper his house.

But armed with a gun, they say his actions were wrong. "We slowed down because there was a guy standing in the middle of the street, in his bathrobe, holding a gun,” said Pauline Gouvine.

That image is one two sisters and their friend visiting from Belgium will never forget.

"He yells stop and we sped off and he hit the car with his hands and then as we were driving away because we were so terrified and we heard a bang,” said Tanguy Laudelot.

The “bang” was buck shot, narrowly missing them, hitting their car instead. Police arrested Daniel Beauchamp.

“He was in the street when this happened; he wasn't even on his own property,” said Sgt. Todd Wilson with the St. Charles Police Department.

Sgt. Wilson says protecting yourself or your property is one thing, but Beauchamp, he says, took it way too far.

"Was it appropriate for him to confront these individuals with a shotgun in the first place?” asked News 4 Reporter Lauren Trager. “Oh absolutely not, we don't condone Mr. Beauchamp's actions,” Sgt. Wilson said.

"That's not the way to handle that problem, so kids TP your house, big deal," said Gouvine.

The three are just glad to be okay. "It's just a tire, could have been a lot worse,” said Laudelot.

Now, though, they want Beauchamp to pay for the damage and maybe get help.  A woman at his house told me they didn't want to talk.

 

As of Monday afternoon, he was being held in the St. Charles County Jail on $20,000 cash only bond.

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