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Police: Decatur man fired gunshots during a fight

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DECATUR— Police say a Decatur man is facing preliminary weapons charges for allegedly firing gunshots after a fight broke out in the 1600 block of North College Street.

According to a written affidavit, the 27-year-old went to an apartment complex in the area around 6:52 p.m. last Thursday carrying a black handgun in the front waistband of his pants as he approached a fight involving a group of women that lived in the apartments.

The affidavit says the suspect got into a fight with others that joined the altercation after he began making threats and implying he was carrying a gun.

A 28-year-old female recalled hearing six to eight gunshots as she was leaving the area with her aunt, who was involved in the altercation, according to a sworn affidavit. According to police, the 28-year-old went back to the scene and witnessed the gunman drive into a nearby alley and park and come back while she was calling the police.

Police say a loaded black .380 semi-automatic pistol was found under a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 1500 block of North College Street. According to the sworn statement, the suspect was seen walking on the south side of the College Street residence after moving his car into the alleyway.

Court documents say the suspect is related to occupants of two apartments in the area. Police said the suspect, during an interview, told them occupants from both apartments were fighting when he arrived that evening.

According to the affidavit, the suspect said another male carrying a gun began fighting with him, but he didn't fight back because the other man had a weapon. He also told police that he didn't place a firearm under his car.

Police in an affidavit noted that parts of the incident were captured on video surveillance.

The man was booked into the Macon County Jail on Tuesday on preliminary charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm with no FOID. Both charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

A check of jail records Wednesday afternoon showed he was released on $3,000 bond, meaning he was held on a set bail of $30,000.

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Contact Garrett Karsten at (217) 421-6949. Follow him on Twitter: @GarrettKarsten


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