Two Superior Men Charged in Barker's Island Shooting

By KBJR News 1

April 20, 2012 Updated Apr 20, 2012 at 6:25 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Michelle/Kevin, 20 year olds Matthew Jaeckels and Joseph Madison, both of Superior, have been charged with discharging a firearm from a vehicle, towards a person.

Jaeckels and Madison were arrested after they allegedly fired one shot from Madison's Pickup truck, toward two people on Barker's Island.

During the arrest police say they confiscated multiple weapons, including a 38 caliber handgun, three knives, and a box of arrow tips.

The suspects in the case told Superior police that after they left Barker's Island two people in a Cadillac Deville followed them to a restaurant and cut them off several times on the way.

Jaeckels said he fired one shot out the window, at the grass, not the people, to scare them off.

Jaeckels and Madison face the potential of more than 12 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000 if convicted.

According to Sergeant John Nowicki, any time shots are fired is a very serious matter, regardless of motive.

"We take people shooting guns very seriously‚ÄĒespecially when they're shots that are fired either in anger, or out of frustration, or as part of a dispute. That's something that we take very seriously," said Nowicki.

Both Jaeckels and Madison are currently in the Douglas County Jail.

Madison has also been charged with obstructing an officer, which is a misdemeanor that carries additional prison time plus a fine of up to $10,000.