Man accused of firing gun from moving vehicle

Posted 6/13/22

An area man is being held at the Warren County Jail without bond after being arrested on accusations that he discharged a firearm from a moving vehicle while driving along Highway M.

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Man accused of firing gun from moving vehicle

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An area man is being held at the Warren County Jail without bond after being arrested on accusations that he discharged a firearm from a moving vehicle while driving along Highway M.

Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested suspect Phillip E. Funke after receiving a report of the alleged illegal firearm discharge that deputies said was witnessed by another driver. Funke is now charged with a class B felony.

According to a report from the sheriff’s department, a caller allegedly witnessed the driver of a maroon Ford Expedition leave a home and then hold a black handgun out the window and fire three shots into the air, near the intersection of Highway M and Highway OO.

Deputies said they went to the home where the Ford vehicle had been, where they spoke to someone who identified the driver as Funke. The resident told deputies that they had just been in an argument with Funke and that he was told to take some of his belongings that were in the house and leave.

Deputies then searched the highway near the home and reported locating two spent 9mm cartridge casings. They then put out a call for neighboring law enforcement agencies to stop and hold Funke’s vehicle if it was located. The Washington Police Department later notified deputies that they had detained Funke in that city.

After obtaining a search warrant, the sheriff’s department said a Ruger 9mm handgun and one more spent 9mm cartridge casing were located in the vehicle.

Deputies spoke with Funke, who allegedly admitted to firing three shots from inside his vehicle while leaving the Highway M residence. Deputies allege that Funke stated he was frustrated and upset.

Funke appeared in court before Associate Circuit Judge Richard Scheibe on June 1. Scheibe ordered that Funke continue to be held at the jail without bond, according to court records.


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