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State Police: Man shot windshield from inside his vehicle

Illinois State Police investigate a report of a vehicle being shot Wednesday on Interstate 172. Police said Thursday the shots were fired by the driver from inside the vehicle. | H-W File Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 13, 2020 5:30 pm Updated: Feb. 13, 2020 5:33 pm

QUINCY -- The Illinois State Police said the shots reportedly fired at a vehicle driving south Wednesday on Interstate 172 were fired by the driver from inside the vehicle.

The driver, identified as a 37-year-old man from Monroe City, Mo., reported that shots had been fired by people from an all-terrain vehicle in the fields west of the highway.

Illinois State Police and the Adams County Sheriff's Department said they responded about 1:15 p.m. after the man told a dispatcher that he had been shot. The vehicle was found near mile marker 8.

Police said the man was standing outside the vehicle, talking on his cellphone. After an evaluation, it was determined that the man had not been shot and was not jured. The vehicle appeared to have bullet holes in the windshield, but police said there was no evidence that an ATV was in the area.

Further investigation determined the driver had fired the shots inside the vehicle.

The driver was taken to Blessing Hospital for evaluation.

Police said reports in the case were forwarded to the Adams County state's attorney's office.

State's Attorney Gary Farha said the man would face a disorderly conduct charge for "transmitting a false report."

Also assisting at the scene were the Adams County Ambulance Service, Illinois State Police Zone IV investigations division and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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