DECATUR — More details have emerged in the case of the Forsyth woman facing obstruction of justice charges after police said she lied about the circumstances that led to a Springfield man being shot through both legs in Decatur.

The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. Saturday at a house in the 700 block of South Illinois Street and the 28-year-old victim continues to recover in the hospital. The woman, aged 26, was booked on a preliminary charge of obstruction after detectives tracing the trajectory of the bullet that came close to killing the man said the facts did not match her version of what happened.

Writing in a sworn statement, Decatur police Detective Chad Reed said the woman had been present when the shooting went down and she claimed the man had been shot while standing in the front doorway of the home. She also said the gunshot victim had been pacing between the front door and the dining room when the bullet was fired (from unknown assailants) and she next saw him sitting on the floor near the door.

But Reed said a search of the home revealed a bullet hole in a clothes dryer in a dining room and the trajectory of the bullet came from a sharp downward angle.

Blood stains on the floor near the dryer supported the picture of the man being shot while standing right next to the appliance and nowhere near the front door as the woman claimed. “HSHS St. John’s Hospital (where the man had later been taken for treatment) contacted DPD detectives and advised that (the victim) had four holes, two in each leg, and that the holes were in alignment,” said Reed.

“This is consistent with one projectile traveling through both of (his) legs and into the dryer.”

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Reed said it was obvious from the evidence that the man, who is currently on parole and not allowed to own a firearm, had either shot himself or been shot by someone standing immediately next to him. He said the woman was either trying to protect the victim from getting into trouble or shielding the identity of a third party shooter.

All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office; the woman remained in the Macon County Jail Monday night in lieu of posting $5,000 bail.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said Monday that the gunshot victim continued his recovery in the hospital and police investigations into all aspects of what happened were continuing.

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