A man who reportedly exchanged gunfire with another man after he went to his house to talk about his son being bullied has been sentenced to a month in jail.
The father, Miguel Angel Padin, 43, entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless endangerment with a firearm. He was directed by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and to forfeit his firearm.
According to sheriff’s deputy Brystol Davis, the confrontation began when Padin went to speak to a youth’s father about his boy being bullied.
“He went to the address about his child beating on Mr. Padin’s son,” Deputy Davis revealed, noting the father was not present when he arrived to discuss the issue so Padin returned to his own home.
“A short time later Mr. Padin’s son heard a male yelling outside the home,” Davis reported of Padin’s version of events.
Padin said that when he looked out the window he saw the man, who was the father of the boy who was reportedly bullying his son, pull a pistol and cock it.
“Mr. Padin shut the door and yelled to his wife to get the kids down,” Davis said, noting Padin then grabbed his wife’s gun and opened the door.
“When Mr. Padin opened the door, the other man shot off two rounds,” Padin told the deputy. “Mr. Padin, in fear of his family’s safety did fire a shot in the air.”
The man left Padin’s Rock Island residence. Padin was taken into custody after making the report since he was not to have possession of a weapon as a convicted felon. Paden had a felony conviction out of Florida from 1997.