Rifle fire at SUV leads to charges

May 11, 2019

When police got to the scene, the shooter admitted he was the one who fired the gun.

He’d gotten angry Sunday around 11:15 a.m., when his girlfriend showed him the marks around her neck that her father allegedly put there, according to court documents.

The injury provoked Cody Rutkowski, 26, of the 2700 block of Witchwood Drive, into grabbing his rifle and loading it, according to court documents filed Thursday in Allen Superior Court. He then went to her father’s Chevy Blazer in the driveway across the street and fired seven to 10 shots into the back of it, the documents state. Rutkowski then took his gun back inside his home, unloaded it and put it back in the case, he told police.

Rutkowski acknowledged that there were neighbors outside when he fired his rifle, and a police officer could see that a gun was fired in the direction of several houses and a children’s trampoline, court documents said.

One neighbor said he was out on his porch when the incident took place. He got frightened and wasn’t sure what was going on, he said.

Another woman said she was in the father’s house looking out a window when Rutkowski shot the Chevy Blazer in the driveway. The shooting scared her and she was afraid to go outside, she said.

Rutkowski was charged with criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon with a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He was released from the Allen County Jail this week on his own recognizance.

He is due to appear in court Monday.