DECATUR — A Decatur man involved in a three-hour standoff with police after shooting a rifle bullet through his neighbor’s ceiling is now facing weapons and drug charges, police said in a sworn affidavit.

Dillon R. Trimby, 26, was arrested about 11 a.m. Sunday after surrendering to officers from the Decatur Police Emergency Response Team.

A downstairs neighbor in Trimby's apartment building in the 3700 block of North Portage Place had called police after “hearing a loud sound” about 8:20 a.m. and discovering a bullet hole shot through her ceiling, the affidavit said.

Trimby was jailed on preliminary charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

Writing in the affidavit, officer Brian Allison said a fired .223-caliber casing and Dimaondback DB15 rifle, which was reported stolen in Moultrie County, were seized during a search of Trimby’s apartment. Trimby was also booked on preliminary charges of possession of a stolen weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they found a glass pipe used to smoke drugs.

During the standoff with Trimby, who police said initially refused multiple requests to come outside, his girlfriend emerged from the apartment after about an hour and half with a small child. In the affidavit, police said the girlfriend advised them Trimby was "messing with the gun and it went off," and she did not believe he was shooting at anyone.

In the affidavit, Trimby, who is not listed as having an attorney, is quoted as telling police he had smoked cannabis that day and did not remember firing the rifle.

Trimby remained in the Macon County Jail Monday in lieu of posting $10,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned Jan. 16.

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