DECATUR — A shots fired call ended in police recovering two handguns Tuesday afternoon, Decatur police said.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said a caller in the 400 block of West Sawyer Street was sitting on his porch about 12:30 p.m. when he told officers he heard about nine gunshots, possibly near North College Street.

The caller told officers he saw a man run toward a four-door Cadillac in a nearby alley, Copeland said. The man got inside the passenger side, and the vehicle fled, the caller told police.

A nearby detective also responded to the area and saw a gray Cadillac turn south onto North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, a few blocks east of the shots fired area, Copeland said.

The officer saw the vehicle parked in an alley in the 1300 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Copeland said. An 18-year-old man was standing at the northeast corner of the property, and the detective did not see anyone exit the Cadillac, Copeland said.

He said the officer saw the man go to the front door of a home in the 1300 block of North MLK, and the man verbally consented to being searched by police.

The officer did not find anything on him, but called a K-9 unit, which found two handguns while searching the area, Copeland said.

A .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun with a live round in the chamber and an empty magazine and a 9 mm handgun with a loaded magazine and one live round in the chamber were found in a flower pot on the property, Copeland said.

He said the guns will be sent to the Illinois State Police crime lab for DNA and fingerprint testing, and the man was released pending further investigation. A DNA sample from the man was collected, too, Copeland said.

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