DECATUR — A bullet fired by 30-year-old Casey Wiley at the car with his parents inside stopped within 18 inches of striking his mother in the passenger seat, according to court documents the Herald & Review obtained Friday.
Wiley on Thursday shot at his parents with a handgun after a high-speed chase from Mount Zion to Decatur, which eventually ended near Lake Decatur, police said. Also in his vehicle were a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and Smith & Wesson AR-15 rifle, and ammunition for both, authorities said in the court documents.
Wiley faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, vehicular hijacking, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of body armor, armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery and driving under the influence. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.
Court records show that Wiley’s mother obtained an order of protection against him in February, writing that she was afraid of him. The order was dismissed in March.
On Thursday, the incident began around 3 a.m. at Wiley’s mother’s home in Mount Zion, according to signed police affidavits. She told police that her son had arrived intoxicated and angry, and pointed a loaded black handgun at her head three or four times.
He hit his mother in the face several times before leaving the house at about 3:39 a.m., the affidavit said. He returned about 15 minutes later and pointed the gun at her head again, demanding that she give him her cellphone.
She left for work shortly after he took her phone, but then realized Wiley had locked her keys in the garage, the affidavit said. She walked to her ex-husband’s house for help and he drove her back to her house at about 5 a.m.
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Wiley was sitting in his SUV in the driveway. He quickly backed out and began chasing his parents in their vehicle and rear-ended them several times as they drove on Illinois 121.
Wiley’s father called 911 on his vehicle’s OnStar device and was instructed to drive to the Decatur Police Department headquarters, the affidavit said.
Both vehicles reached speeds between 90 and 100 mph as they traveled into Decatur, Sgt. Steven Carroll said in a phone interview Friday. The chase ended when Wiley’s vehicle crashed into a power pole near a stoplight at 2200 E. Eldorado St.
Carroll said Wiley fired shots at his parents in their car, but neither were hurt.
Wiley’s father showed police where a bullet had struck the rear hatch of his SUV and was lodged in the window frame of the rear passenger door. It stopped about 12-18 inches away from his mother’s seat, “clearly endangering her life,” police said.
A witness told police that he saw Wiley get out of his vehicle and fire two shots from his gun in the air, then tried to get into the passenger side of a woman’s vehicle that was nearby.
The woman said Wiley stopped trying to open the passenger door and told her he needed a ride, according to the affidavit. He lifted his shirt multiple times to show the woman the handgun in his waistband, then eventually fled the scene on foot.
Police found him near the Beach House restaurant. He jumped in the water and removed what appeared to be homemade body armor, the affidavit said, then left the lake. Police found a pair of brass knuckles when they searched him, and they detected a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, the affidavit said.
Wiley’s mother told police that he said he drank half a bottle of whiskey before he came to her house.
Mount Zion police Lt. Mike Foster said police executed a search warrant at Wiley's apartment and found more firearms there. Wiley has a valid FOID card, the affidavit said.
He remained in Macon County Jail on Friday night with bond set at $750,000.