DeKALB – A DeKalb man was charged with disorderly conduct Thursday after he transported an uncased gun past a school sports practice.
DeKalb police Lt. Jason Leverton said police responded shortly after 6 p.m. to reports that a man was carrying a gun in his hand near Huntley Middle School on Fourth Street, where youth football and cheerleading practices were taking place.
Gary H. Tadd, 63, of the 1100 block of Elizabeth Street, was charged after police found him walking near his home on Elizabeth Street. When asked by police, Tadd put the gun down. Leverton said Tadd was very cooperative and did not threaten anyone.
Tadd had just acquired a Colt .44-caliber revolver from a family member down the street and was taking it to his home, Leverton said. Tadd was in legal possession of the gun, but it was not properly cased, Leverton said.
"There were about 100 people down there [at the school]," Leverton said. "It frightened a lot of people. But we don't think there were any bad intentions."
Leverton said Tadd told police that he didn't think to case the gun before carrying it to his home, and Leverton called it an "unfortunate error."
– Nicole Weskerna