Pontiac resident arrested following firearm discharge
On 12/6/15 at 4:50am, Pontiac Police officers responded to the 800 block of Illini Avenue following a report of slashed tires. The victim suspected a former roommate of committing the damage.
During the investigation, the suspect posted recently-taken photographs of herself and several others on social media holding what appeared to be firearms. Officers observed a vehicle in the subdivision with the suspect and conducted a traffic stop. Several spent bullet casings were located in the vehicle following a consent search. One of the passengers was Jeffrey B. Gourley, age 26, of Pontiac.
Officers ascertained the location where the social media photograph had been taken, which was the residence of another passenger in the vehicle. Upon searching this apartment, another spent bullet casing and a live .45 caliber bullet were located. Officers observed a television with a bullet hole. The resident claimed she was in another room, but heard a gunshot in her living room a short while earlier.
At 5:33 am, Casey’s General Store reported a theft of liquor. Video surveillance recorded Jeffrey Gourley steal a bottle of vodka from the store at approximately 3:00 am.
A search warrant was obtained for Jeffrey Gourley’s residence. In addition to various pieces of drug paraphernalia, three firearms were located inside. One of the firearms was reported stolen from Arkansas and another had the serial number scratched off.
Gourley was subsequently arrested and charged with:
Reckless Discharge of a firearm
Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Defacing Identification Marks of a Firearm
Possession of a Firearm without a FOID card
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Retail theft (liquor from Casey’s)
He is currently being held at the Livingston County Jail pending a bond hearing.
All evidence suggests the firearm discharge was an inadvertent result of carelessness, not an intentional attempt to harm anyone. This incident remains under investigation and further charges are pending.