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Monroe man charged with firing gun carelessly
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MONROE - A Monroe man who fired two rounds from a handgun late one night in February, anticipating the bullets would go into the ground, faces two misdemeanor charges after one of the bullets nearly pierced into a neighbor's living room.

David W. Block, 55, was charged April 2 in Green County Circuit Court with operating a firearm while intoxicated and endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon.

His initial appearance is May 7.

The case stems from an incident Feb. 24 at Block's residence in the 900 block of 20th Street.

According to the criminal complaint, Block was drinking with friends when he fired off two rounds from a Taurus PT709 handgun at about 11:20 p.m. Police later found two spent shell casings and one bullet stuck in between the interior and exterior wall of a nearby apartment building.

The detective on the case noted that the bullet "almost penetrated" the interior wall of an apartment's living room.

Block later left a voicemail message for the detective, admitting to firing the bullets "on purpose."

"I don't want to lie to you, I shot them on purpose," Block said in the message, as transcribed by the detective. "I thought they were going to go into the ground 'cause I'm an idiot, you know. I don't know guns like I should. Didn't know they were going to ricochet like that, but yes, that gun was fired on purpose.

"I will take the repercussion, I know there will be some. I deserve it ... but yeah, that thing was fired on purpose, just didn't expect the bullets to go anywhere but in the stupid ground."

State court records show no criminal convictions for Block besides a 2004 misdemeanor conviction of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (second offense).