Police: Theft suspect fired gun at officer during booking process

Theft suspect fired gun at officer during booking process

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - A Murphysboro, Illinois man is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly fired a gun at an officer in a booking room at the Carbondale Police Department.

Eric Brown, 36, was arrested at the Rue 21 store after a theft and battery complaint Saturday afternoon, May 18.

Officers transported Brown to the Carbondale Police Department for prisoner processing.

While Brown was in the processing area, Carbondale Police said Brown pulled out a concealed firearm and shot at an officer.

The officer fled to safety and Brown remained in the processing area.

Carbondale Police said a Department Crisis Negotiator, with the assistance of the Illinois State Police, negotiated with Brown who was barricaded in the processing area.

Brown eventually gave up the firearm and was transported to the Jackson County Jail.

No one was injured in the incident.

Brown was charged with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm in the direction of a police officer, one count of possession of contraband in a penal institution, one count of unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, one count of unlawful use of weapons by a felon and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm.

His bond was set at $500,000.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 11 at 12:45 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing by Carbondale police and the Illinois State Police.

Assistant State’s Attorney Rebecca Blomer is handling the prosecution.

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