Crossbow Shooter Dies in Jail

He allegedly shot his live-in girlfriend in the face with a crossbow

By Susan Ball
|  Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009  |  Updated 12:52 PM CDT
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Alleged Crossbow Shooter Dies After Fall

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A Sycamore man in jail for allegedly shooting his girlfriend in the face with a crossbow last month, has died.

Gary Aspengren, 64, died at a Rockford hospital after sustaining serious head injuries from a fall inside his jail cell, the Courier-News reports. 

In a statement Monday, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said guards reported to prisoner's cell, which was occupied only by Aspengren, after hearing a noise early Monday morning.  The sheriff said the prisoner was conscious and able to talk with guards and paramedics who arrived on the scene.  He was taken by ambulance to Kishwaukee Community Hospital and later flown to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Aspengren was charged on Sept. 28 with aggravated battery involving great bodily harm, aggravated battery involving a weapon, armed violence and aggravated domestic battery.  He was accused of shooting his 58-year-old live-in female companion as she sat in a car outside their home.  The woman sustained severe facial injuries, the Courier-Times reports.

He was set to appear in court on Oct. 28.

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