DECATUR — Ryne J. Woods was arrested in Decatur on Monday and jailed on a preliminary charge of attempted murder for a shotgun wounding that dates back to January.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said Woods, 33, was located at a house in the 1900 block of East Prairie Avenue and taken into custody at 2 p.m. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the State’s Attorney’s Office. 

The affidavit does not address why the arrest took place eight months later, and police could not immediately provide more information Tuesday afternoon. 

Writing in the affidavit, detective Christopher Kretsinger said the shooting dated to the evening of Jan. 21 when a group of people in a vehicle arrived at an address on 16th Street and were confronted by another group emerging from a house. They began arguing and Kretsinger said one of those from the house group, later identified as Woods, was seen armed with a shotgun.

Kretsinger said witnesses described the armed man as firing one shot which didn’t hit anyone, and then firing a second shot. Police conducted an interview in HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room with a 28-year-old man who was brought in with a shotgun wound.

“(He) was found to have suffered numerous small wounds to his face, neck, torso and upper legs which were determined to be from shotgun pellets,” added Kretsinger.

He said the victim told police he had been in the group outside the house and was hit when the shotgun fired the second time. Kretsinger said officers had recovered spent 12-gauge shells from outside the house and obtained a warrant to search the building.

Inside, he said, police seized nine 12-gauge shells that were the same brand as the spent ones found outside. They also found several spent .22 bullet casings and discovered materials that indicated methamphetamine was being manufactured in the house. The shotgun was not found.

Kretsinger said detective work had named Woods as a possible suspect for the gunman and the victim picked him out of a photo lineup.

Woods remained held in the Macon County Jail Tuesday night in lieu of posting $500,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned Oct. 12.

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