Wednesday, May 17 at 11: 30 p.m., Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputies were called by dispatch after a 911 caller reported a man being shot at a home on Pumpkin Center Road. (Pumpkin Center Road is northwest of Clinton, above 16W.) The caller said the man had been shot in the chest.
Deputies arrived and found the man, Ed Chalupski, had been shot once in the chest. Deputies were told the shooter, a woman, had left the scene driving a lawn mower, going back to her nearby home. Deputies were given the name Janet Weaver as the shooter. Department investigators were called to the scene.
As the investigation continued Weaver, 54. arrived at the sheriff’s office, in the company of a friend, 5 a.m. Thursday, May 18, to speak with investigators. According to the arrest affidavit, after being read her Miranda rights and agreeing to speak with investigators, Weaver admitted to visiting the Chalupski home the previous evening. She was, she told investigators, returning some fishing tackle and drover her lawn mower there from her nearby home in order to deliver the items.
As she walked toward Chalupski’s home, she told investigators, the affidavit stated, Chalupski stepped “out of the darkness” from behind a downed tree and pointed a gun at her. Upon this she fired what she told investigators was a “warning shot” at the man from her .38 caliber revolver. With this Chalupski retreated to his nearby home and she followed, investigators were told.
The affidavit stated that Weaver did not enter the home, but “Evidence suggested that at least two more shots were fired into the home from this position where Ms. Weaver stood on the porch.”
Weaver told investigators a shot was fired at her from inside the home, through the “kitchen entry door,” per the affidavit. She then, she told investigators, left, driving her lawn mower back to her home.
Weaver was arrested for Battery in the First Degree and was later released from the Van Buren County Detention Center on $10,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing and may result in further charges, the department stated.