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DECATUR — Police said a passenger in a vehicle stopped near the scene of multiple shots fired in Decatur early Saturday is now facing preliminary weapons charges.

A sworn affidavit described the 19-year-old man as riding in the backseat of the vehicle which had been pulled over for a traffic violation in the 1200 block of East Whitmer Street moments after officers had responded to shots fired calls around midnight in the same area.

Writing in the affidavit, Officer Bret Morey said he was working the scene when he overheard two more shots being fired. Then he saw the car turn into a driveway in the same 1200 block without signalling and Morey went over to check it out.

“I asked (the male passenger) if he was armed, however he refused to answer me,” said Morey in the affidavit. “During a pat-down of (him) I felt what was clearly a revolver on his left front side.”

The .38 caliber weapon had two spent rounds in the chamber and a live round. Morey said the man asked for a lawyer and refused to answer police questions. Morey said the man does not own a FOID card and was booked on charges of both the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and the unlawful possession of a weapon. Preliminary charges all subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

Macon County Jail records showed the man remained in custody Monday night in lieu of posting bail at at $15,000.


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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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