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Mendota Man Shoots Cyclist After Thinking It Was A Skunk

Posted by wlpo on October 2, 2012

Ever mistake a guy on bicycle with a skunk? A gun-toting man in Mendota apparently did.

Thomas Divan was charged yesterday in La Salle County Court with reckless discharge of a firearm.  He was arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly shooting John Bowne of Mendota in his hand.

According to prosecutors, Bowne was riding a bicycle on Route 251 Sunday afternoon when he stopped in a ditch to repair something.  He was allegedly wearing a black and white helmet which Divan says he mistook for being a skunk so he fired a shot.  Bowne was taken to Mendota Community Hospital where he was treated and released.

Divan admits he was drunk at the time of the shooting.  His bond was set at 20 thousand dollars.

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