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David Michael Tiskus
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     Deputies arrested a Lakeview man this morning after responding to a call that shots were being fired in the direction of a residence and had in fact struck the residence at 230 CR 276.  The call was received at approximately 6:46 AM.

     Upon arrival of responding deputies, the complaining party told investigators that DAVID MICHAEL TISKUS, 45 years old of Lakeview, had come speeding down the roadway in a white van and pulled into his driveway at 252 CR 276.  The complainant then heard TISKUS yelling at others and then gunshots rang out.  Two rounds struck the complainant’s residence.  One of the rounds hit the house in the area of his daughter’s bedroom, where she was asleep.

     Deputies went to the DAVID TISKUS residence to make contact with him.  They found him in the back bedroom. TISKUS  was armed with a handgun.  Deputies took TISKUS into custody.  Several firearms were found inside the house.  Two of the handguns had been recently fired.  There were multiple bullet holes in the front door and several holes in the ceiling of a room adjoining the kitchen. TISKUS was acting paranoid and was hallucinating, believing that non-existent people were on the premises trying to kill him.  Another person living at the TISKUS residence told investigators that he had gone outside on the porch and started shooting.  She said TISKUS then came back inside and started shooting in the dining room.

     DAVID TISKUS was arrested and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center where he was booked on charges of:

Aggravated Assault (2 counts) – Felonies
Criminal Mischief – Misdemeanor

     TISKUS is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond and will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on May 10th.  Deputies seized several firearms, which will be held pending future orders of the court. TISKUS has extensive arrest history in Illinois and Wisconsin.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff