On Wednesday, July 6th, at 4:40pm Whiteside County Deputies were requested to attempt to locate a subject wanted on a Warrant out of Lee County. Deputies checked several possible locations of this subject.
A check of a family member’s residence in rural Sterling was conducted and the male subject Brett E. Benters 38 years of Dixon, was located and arrested on an outstanding Lee County for Violation of Court Order.
Deputies while conducting an investigation of this incident, the following information was obtained. Benters allegedly unlawfully forced entry in the residence. Once inside the residence a fight occurred with a family member. During this altercation a firearm (handgun) was discharged both inside the residence and outside the residence.
Benters as well as a family member involved in the incident, were treated at local hospital with minor injuries. No one was struck when the firearm was discharged.
Benters was charged with: Home Invasion, Aggravated Domestic Battery/ Strangle, Unlawful Possession of Weapon by a Felon, Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Benter’s had a first appearance and bond was set at 100,000 – 10% applies
This arrest is merely a charge and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty