Step One: Drive By, Step Two . . . : Wisconsin Man Forgets to Roll Down Window in Drive-By Shooting — And Then Files Insurance Claim for Window

180px-Windshield-spiderwebIt appears that felons in the small town of Appleton, Wisconsin have to learn a bit about drive-by shootings if they are going to compete with nearby Milwaukee or Chicago. Andrew J. Burwitz, 20 will appear (aptly) in Outagamie County Court after being accused of an attempted drive-by shooting. The problem, police say, is that he forgot to roll down his window — leaving telltale glass all over the street and his car.

Burwitz is now charged with four counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, four counts of endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property and placed on a $25,000 cash bond. He has reportedly confessed.

The alleged target of the subpar drive-by shooting were two houses, including his ex-girlfriend’s house and a house apparently selected at random.

Burwitz may find this a poor entry on his resume for the Crips or Bloods. After allegedly shooting out his own window, he went to an auto glass shop and filed an insurance claim. He wasn’t hard to find and the police promptly found a 9 mm handgun and spent shell casings.

I am not a specialist in insurance law, but generally shooting out your own window in a drive-by shooting is not covered in most policies.

The officers, however, should not chuckle too loudly. As this video shows, even officers can forget a few details on occasion like getting out of the way of the falling wall:

{By the way, if you look closely, a woman appear casually from inside the targeted house. She seems quite calm with a Swat team trying to bust down the wall and does not appear particularly concern when the wall almost decapitates her and a team of Swat members rush by].

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5 thoughts on “Step One: Drive By, Step Two . . . : Wisconsin Man Forgets to Roll Down Window in Drive-By Shooting — And Then Files Insurance Claim for Window”

  1. *sigh*

    Wasn’t it the Bard who said, “There are dumber things in heaven and earth, Horatio, then are dreamt of in your philosophy”?

    Come to think of it, that may have been Phil Shakespeare, Bill’s less talented brother. Phil, coincidentally, also grew up in what would one day become Wisconsin. Thankfully he never owned a car and doing a drive by with a blunderbuss is just not practical.

  2. It must be November in Wisconsin. It starts snowing and you start it with a beer come May and it stops snowing, well, you still have your beer.

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