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Police: Decatur woman shot in the back while driving van

DECATUR — A Decatur man is facing weapons charges after police said he opened fire on a public street, the incident ending with a woman shot in the back.

Darreon A. Page, 20, was arrested early Wednesday morning and has since been jailed on preliminary charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

A sworn police affidavit by officer Jason Derbort said Page had been picked up by the 18-year-old shooting victim and another female friend around midnight Wednesday and driven to the 3700 block of North Portage Place. Derbort said that as the victim's friend was getting out of victim's van, a man ran up and started battering the friend.

Interviewed by police at her hospital bedside, the shooting victim said: “... Darreon then quickly got out of the van and chased the subject (who had battered her friend),” Derbort wrote in the affidavit. “She stated she then heard two gunshots.”

The affidavit said Page ran back to the van and jumped into the backseat, telling the victim to “leave quickly."

“She stated as she was pulling out of the parking lot, a gun was shot, and she felt pain,” Derbort wrote. “She stated this caused her to wreck the van.”

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said Monday that the shooting appeared to be accidental.

“Evidence recovered at the scene and information obtained from interviews indicates that her injury was the result of an accidental discharge of the firearm inside the van,” he said.

“Additional charges may be filed at the state's attorney's discretion,” Copeland said in reference to the injury.

Page said in a police interview after his arrest that the man he had dashed out of the van to chase had pointed a can of pepper spray at him, so he drew his .380-caliber handgun in response, the affidavit said.

“Darreon stated this subject took off running, and he fired one shot at this subject as he was running away,” Derbort said.

Page does not talk about how or if his gun had gone off inside the van; the victim had been shot through the back of the driver's seat.

Page, who does not have an attorney yet, remained jailed in lieu of $250,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned Nov. 7.


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