St. Charles man shot by police after false report sentenced to probation, counseling
A St. Charles man who was wounded by police responding to a bogus 911 call in April 2018 was sentenced to 2½ years of probation, an alcohol monitoring device and ongoing counseling after pleading guilty Thursday.
Christopher C. Kemble Jr., 21, of the 3400 block of Voltaire Lane, was charged with disorderly conduct/filing a false police report and aggravated assault of a police officer, both felonies.
At 12:05 p.m. April 26, 2018, Kemble, then 19, called 911 to report an armed intruder in his home. But when officers arrived, Kemble was outside, running toward a nearby park.
Officers surrounded Kemble, and he pointed a gun at an officer, who opened fire. Kemble's attorney, Brick Van Der Snick, had said the gun Kemble was holding was a BB gun.
St. Charles police said Kemble had told friends earlier in the day that he had a gun and intended to kill himself or force police to kill him. A neighbor also said Kemble had posted Snapchats expressing the same desire.
Kemble was hospitalized after the shooting and surrendered to police July 26 after a warrant was issued.
On Thursday, Kemble pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a police officer in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the false police report charge.
The aggravated assault of a police officer charge Kemble pleaded guilty to said Kemble "knowingly pointed a device manufactured and designed to be substantially similar in appearance to a firearm" at an officer, according to court records.
Under the plea agreement and sentence issued by Judge Kathryn Karayannis, Kemble must wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet for 90 days, be subject to random drug tests, undergo an evaluation at the Kane County Diagnostic Center and follow recommendations, continue to meet with his current psychiatrist, and maintain employment, according to court records.
If Kemble violates his probation, which ends in mid-April 2022, he could be resentenced to up to three years in prison.
A message left for Van Der Snick was not immediately returned Thursday.