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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.

Ed Arter October 01, 2012 at 03:48 AM
the officer sustained a skull fracture, broken scapula, compressed discs in his back and multiple lacerations and bruises on his head, face and body.
Amanda M October 01, 2012 at 03:57 AM
well said!
Betsy M October 01, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Clarify to who's family the officer's or the suspects? Unless you were there or are an investigator I don't think it is your position to offer to clarify anything.
Actions Produce Consequences October 01, 2012 at 04:29 AM
For all the Free Kendall people....how would you feel if a drunk driver hit a family member of yours? Age doesn't matter. The bottom line is that he broke the law and committed a crime. Yes, he made a bad decision and that is unfortunate for him. But all of the people currently in prison all made bad decisions too!! Kendall is no different but hopefully will learn from this and not make any others when he gets out!
Free Kendall October 01, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Okay and it was and accident and obviously you didn't know him well enough so you can just stop all of you need to realize that Amanda is correct all you people need to stop judging someone so hard for something that was an accident He's a smart kid he just has made dumb choices in life. My 19 year old brother drinks and I hate it but at least he doesn't drink and drive I would kill him because my best friends were killed that way but if my brother was at that party drunk and someone pulled out a gun and could possibly shoot him I would want him to run to his car and and leave I'm so thankful he wasn't there but sadly my other brother (Kendall) was. And to the person who said he was friends with the gunman why would he even try to run..? You all think this kid is so bad but in reality there are so much worse people out there and to the the person that said Kendall's friends need to go back to school guess what all of his friends are in school including me so don't talk before you know the facts our group has gone through hell one of our closest friends just lost his brother.. Another is lost his cousin and people are getting kicked out you say we don't get punished but you don't live our lives so you don't know my mother has rules and if we don't like them she try's but after three try's there's the door.
Free Kendall October 01, 2012 at 07:04 AM
And you don't see me blaming the driver of the car that my best friends died i blame god and alcohol. Another thing you say Kendall was friends with the gunman but none of us in the group own a gun... Funny yeah some people he knows in CHICAGO might own one but he doesn't and neither does anyone else in the group so please learn all the facts before you start rumors you all sicken me by these comments and to the kid that knows him from school what did he do to you that was so bad.? Hmm? And do you still go to school I would love to meet you and talk about this face to face lets see if you could say all of this to my face would you say to his no probably not. So grow up a little yeah?
Tina Conley October 01, 2012 at 11:05 AM
I would encourage any of you caring adults to get involved in the community through a local group. I have been a member of the Oswego Optimist Club for almost 20 years. We provide fun activities for kids of all ages, provide scholarships, support our local sports teams, aspiring artists and donate to other like minded organizations whose focus is bringing out the best in kids. We have essay and speech contests, help at Childhood Cancer Camp and host an annual Respect for Law Banquet. Every Christmas, we help hundreds of children and their families have a brighter holiday. I have never been prouder being an Optimist, watching our children grow up helping others in the community. Come check us out sometime. Or check out some of the other fantastic groups out there reaching out in the community, YARN, Young Life or the YMCA, We could all use the help and support!
analog mike October 01, 2012 at 11:18 AM
OH, and Kendall better get on his knees and pray to God every damn day he did not get shot by the officer or responding officers after he was fleeing a shooting driving like an ass. If he was in the city, it would be a WHOLE DIFFERENT headline, complete with funeral arrangements.
analog mike October 01, 2012 at 11:31 AM
"the officer sustained a skull fracture, broken scapula, compressed discs in his back and multiple lacerations and bruises on his head, face and body"---- Let me translate this to you kids who have not nade an important decision in your lives.... This Officer, who has worked his whole life,went to college,possibly even was in the service, might have a family(i dont know his back ground, but i know the job and requirements well) is now going to face agonizing rehabilitation for months if not years. More than likely will be on disability for a long time or permanant,might suffer chronic severe back pain and headaches for life. So now imagine this same person who may or may not be able to play catch with his kids, Do the job he loves, provide for his family the way he sees fit and live a "normal" life because your good,upstanding, habitually arrested 'KID" friend was drunk,got in a car, and hit a police officer who, if you dont realize, was running towards a house to stop a possible shooter to save all your lives.
Michelle October 01, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Thank you! I mean if you look at the picture of Kendall, there is NO remorse in those eyes. He feels no guilt what so ever. I have a serious anger problem when it comes to idiots like this and anyone who supports them.
Michelle October 01, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Here's any easy fix to it all. But it would piss off the politicians: Ban smoking, ban all alcohol and guns. There done!
Kendall we love you October 01, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The police officer wasn't even close to getting killed, he was in the hospital for 2 days.. If he almost got killed I garuntee he would of been in there well over a month. I bet if Kendall was the one to get hit by a car none of you guys would be on here running your mouths like your half your age.. Im sorry but if you become a cop you pretty much set yourself up in dangerous situations , cops are getting killed in chicago all the time. And for the person that said we need to check our grammar ... Lol this is a website I bet half of us are on our phones . I didn't know this was a school essay that's going to get checked for spelling and grammar. You guys can sit here and talk about how much you guys want kendall sitting in a jail cell his whole life but its not going to happen, we're not going to let it happen. And whoever said kendall knew the person with the gun your stupid because If he did know the person with the gun why would he be running and trying to get away in the first place . And the cop was out of the car I talk to people that were at the party that seen it happen and it was on the news saying he was out of the car when kendall hit him. You can sit here all day and argue with us about this situation , more and more people supporting kendall will keep on commenting . And it's pretty sad you guys take time out of your day to talk about a teenager like you guys are a bunch of teenagers all over again. Get over it !
Kendall we love you October 01, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I know people that recently been in a car accident in Oswego got air lifted to good sam and the girl was given a 30% chance of living , the driver of the car was drunk, she was in the hospital over a month had several different surgeries . Why isn't the driver of that car in jail? Why wasn't he given a 250k bond ?
Jeri October 01, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Tina, thank you for working hard and offering/providing a direction of stability. The influence this culture now has on our kids is huge. between the phones and internet the separation of different types of families seem to be in a state of void. Kids and young adults do not have the opportunity anymore to be their own self with their family identity. Some undirectional homes influence those that work hard to provide peace, direction, goals and love even tough love. It is a daily battle and until the kids and young adults rise above the impact of being influenced they will always be in a chaotic manner. I would simply like families that are different and allowing anything to go on in their households to remain quietly different and leave others alone. I hope all youth and young adults rise above being influenced.
S.C October 01, 2012 at 02:57 PM
This kid has been arrested several times already (this summer alone), jail is where he should until he can get his life right! I am sure his family & friends are crying "he's a good kid, he just fell in with the wrong crowd!" Please, do us a favor and have a seat!
Clarise October 01, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Simple answer. Repeat offender = menace to society.
Ashley Guziec October 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Perhaps they said all you children need to go back to school because your grammar and spelling are both so atrocious. Your defense of Kendall is coming across as rather unintelligent because you cannot even use proper punctuation. Instead of aiding in his defense, you are hurting it, because it seems as though he has surrounded himself with complete morons. You are all shining examples of what is wrong with society. If you do something WRONG, no matter how many other people were doing the same thing, you have to deal with the consequence of getting caught. That is life. There is no way around it. Instead of going on and on about how amazing this legal ADULT is, learn from his mistakes and stop smoking weed and drinking underage just because "all kids" do. I graduated from OHS within the past 10 years and went away to college. I still have never done drugs, so that argument is completely lame. Finally, your little threat at the end about meeting up face to face with the kids you go to school with to see if they would have the guts to state their feelings on this matter just goes to show everyone YOUR character. I suggest you drop the shovel and climb out of the little hole you have been so diligently digging for yourself.
Free Kendall October 01, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Honestly all you parents and adults are pathetic for talking smack about an 18 year old who made a mistake #freekendall!!! We'll see you soon bud! Workin hard to get the money to get you out man!!! Love you so much!!! See you in no time man ill visit you soon <3 love you bro
Kbell October 01, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Friends and supporters of Kendall...FYI you may want to stop posting all these comments because they may further incriminate your friend in court proceedings. Take the high road and just stay quiet. I understand he didn't mean any harm in this situation and I was an out of control teenager myself but maybe this can teach people how important it is to always have a Designated Driver if you are going to put yourself in these type of situations. I was lucky when I was younger and now I see that. As an adult I definitely think about my actions more thoughtfully and now I choose not to Drink and Drive. Everyone else crititzing on here should also think about not Texting/Cell Phone use and driving because this is the same results of those types of accidents.
Be smith October 01, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Kendall we love you please tell us all the cops that "are getting killed all the time in Chicago"?
Ashley Guziec October 01, 2012 at 05:22 PM
1) Go to class. School started hours ago. 2) Kendall is in JAIL. He can't read any of your "supportive" comments.
resident1 October 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
@Billy-Club .. He was standing with his rifle in his hand .. he was on the left side on the street his back facing traffic so the car hit him from the back
oswegoannie October 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Dazed and confused? How about drunk and intoxicated?!
Eff Kendall's haters October 01, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Whoever said something about Kendall's eyes your dumb . I didn't think you were allowed to smile and look all pretty in your mugshot . Everyone on here is trying to act so innocent , maybe when he gets out you guys should take a chance and get to know him. Kendall is a big hearted down to earth kid . If you were in the situation I think you'd understand the position he's in. None of you are prefect, your far from it and none of your kids are perfect. I'm sure he isn't happy about the decision he made and this will be the time kendall learns from his mistakes wether this is his first time getting arrested or his fourth time . He's a teenager who has a big life ahead of him. You guys need to back off and find something better to do with the large amount of time you have to talk about someone half your age . Love you kendall . We got your back eff your haters
Eff Kendall's haters October 01, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Check our grammar ? Funny you old white racist people want to call kendall ghetto when ghetto isn't even a adjative. Ghetto is place . Where Kendall didn't grow up unless you guys consider Oswego the ghetto .
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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