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Article updated: 11/15/2012 2:29 PM

Zion man pleads not guilty in Gurnee standoff with police

By Lee Filas

A Zion man who is charged with breaking into a Gurnee home and shooting at people inside last month pleaded not guilty in Lake County court early Thursday.

Kendrick Augillard, 35, of the 4200 block of Barberry Lane, could spend up to 50 years in jail if found guilty of attempted first degree murder or aggravated home invasion, Lake County prosecutors said in court.

Augillard also faces charges of residential burglary, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated cruelty to animals related to the Oct. 19 attack.

Three people in the single-family home in the 4400 block of Raven Court -- including some children -- escaped the shooting unharmed, authorities had said. A dog inside the home was hit by a bullet and required surgery, authorities said.

Augillard remains behind bars in Lake County jail in lieu of $500,000 bond, officials said.

According to police, Augillard broke into the home just before at 6:50 a.m. with a hand gun, and attempted to shoot at the victims inside as they barricaded themselves in rooms or fled outside into the neighborhood.

Police said Augillard trapped at least one person inside a bathroom in the home and tried to shoot them through a door. However, the gun jammed and the victim was able to escape outside, police said.

The victims used a cellphone to call police after escaping the home, authorities said, and Augillard barricaded himself inside just as police arrived on the scene.

The shooting caused nearby River Trail School and Warren Township High School's O'Plaine Campus to go on lockdown, while authorities called in the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System to surround the house.

The standoff ended at 10:15 a.m. when Augillard gave himself up to police following a brief negotiation.

He is due back in court Dec. 12 for a preliminary hearing. His trial is slated to begin Jan. 22.

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