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DECATUR — A 35-year-old fast food employee is facing preliminary felony charges after a caller told police he had a gun in his possession, police say.

Sgt. Steve Carroll said Decatur officers were sent at 2:45 p.m. Friday to Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1310 E. Pershing Rd., after a caller told police an employee had a gun.

Carroll said officers questioned the 35-year-old man and found he was in possession of a semi-automatic pistol. The man is a three-time convicted felon.

The 35-year-old man is facing a preliminary Class X felony charge of armed habitual criminal and two preliminary felony charges of possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. His bond was set at $100,000.

Speaking Saturday, store manager Jeff Bowman said, "The situation has been dealt with, and the employee is no longer with us."

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