DECATUR — Police said officers had to use two sets of stun guns and physical force to arrest a 30-year-old man who attempted to flee after firing a weapon on Decatur's east side.
A signed affidavit said police responded to a shots fired call in the area of North Brush College Road and East Faries Parkway at 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Dispatchers were told that the caller's vehicle was followed and shot at by a man in a silver-colored vehicle with a flat tire, the affidavit said. Officers found the man's matching vehicle traveling south on North 22nd Street.
After officers attempted a traffic stop, the man continued driving nonstop at 15 mph for about 30 blocks until he pulled into a driveway in the 2300 block of East Division Street, the affidavit said.
The man was forcibly arrested after disobeying several verbal commands to get on the ground from officers, who were aware he may be armed, the affidavit said. The stun guns were used as the man "attempted to reach toward his pockets multiple times." Police smelled alcohol on the man's breath and found an empty 9 mm semiautomatic pistol and magazine in the vehicle, the affidavit said.
During an interview after his arrest, the man told police that two men had him follow them so he could help them jump start their vehicle, the affidavit said. He said the two men started yelling at him to stop following them when they arrived at an area near Archer Daniels Midland Co., and he fired the shots in the air because he "feared for his life," but he could not explain why he was afraid, the affidavit said.
Officers later found four spent 9 mm shell casings in the 3900 block of East Faries Parkway, near where the man said the incident happened, the affidavit said.
The man faces preliminary charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated reckless use of a firearm and resisting police. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.
Jail records show that the man was not held in the Macon County Jail on Monday. He is due to be arraigned July 24.