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DECATUR — Doctors saved the life of a Springfield man who was shot through both legs Saturday night at a home in the 700 block of South Illinois Street near Johns Hill Park, police say. 

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland with Decatur Police said the 28-year-old victim was hit with one bullet that went through both thighs and he came close to “bleeding out” before treatment at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room saved him. The victim was later airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Copeland said detectives had received an update Sunday that the man was now conscious and talking.

He will no doubt play a crucial role in the investigation as Copeland said police will try to figure out how the man came to be gravely wounded. He had arrived at St. Mary’s around 9 p.m. Saturday, transported by a 26-year-old Forsyth woman who told police where the shooting happened but also told them a story Copeland said didn’t ring true.

“She was ultimately arrested for obstructing justice because she lied and continued to lie about how this shooting actually happened,” said Copeland, who did not describe what her story entailed. “She gave one version of events but the evidence clearly showed her version of events was not true,” he added.

Detectives were continuing to work the case Sunday afternoon and Copeland said additional arrests were possible. Macon County Jail records show the arrested woman remained in custody Sunday afternoon and is being held without bond. Her preliminary charge of obstructing justice is subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

Editor's note: this story has been updated to reflect a more accurate charge.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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