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2 face federal charges after Molotov cocktail attack

Samuel Dunson (Source: Du Quoin Police Department) Samuel Dunson (Source: Du Quoin Police Department)
Freedom Davis (Source: Du Quoin Police Department) Freedom Davis (Source: Du Quoin Police Department)
PERRY COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

A U.S. Attorney for Southern Illinois announced Wednesday that two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on weapons charges, after allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at the vehicles of off-duty police officers.

The indictment charges Freedom C. Davis, 19, of Tamaroa, Ill., and Samuel L. Dunson, 19, of Du Quoin, Ill., with knowingly possessing an 'improvised explosive incendiary device' in two separate instances on the night of August 5, 2015.

The devices were not registered to either Davis or Dunson, which is a violation of federal law.

Dunson is also being accused of possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

The gun was also not registered legally, another violation of federal law.

The indictment comes after the two were arrested by Du Quoin police on August 6, following two off-duty police officers reporting that Molotov cocktails had been thrown at their cars.

Both squad cars had minimal damage.

Both Davis and Dunson faced state charges of unlawful use of weapons, attempted arson, and possession of explosive or incendiary devices.

The state charges were dismissed following the federal indictment.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Du Quoin Police Department, and the Illinois State Police Department.

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