Suspect arrested after manhunt in southern Illinois

ISP investigating shooting in rural Grayville
Suspect arrested after manhunt in southern Illinois
Published: Jun. 15, 2021 at 5:36 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 5:37 AM CDT
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WABASH CO., Ill. (WFIE) - A man has been arrested overnight after a manhunt in southern Illinois.

On Tuesday, state police told 14 News they’re investigating a shooting that happened in the 1900 block of County Road 2400 N in Grayville.

State police issued a safety bulletin Monday afternoon for a stolen car and an aggravated battery with a gun that happened in White County.

Officials say the car was last seen in the Grayville area, and the suspect was thought to have a shotgun.

Just 15 minutes later, Mt. Carmel Police say they spotted the car and tried to pull it over on North 1400 Boulevard.

Police chased it to a home on Noth 2270 Boulevard.

Authorities say the driver ran.

After a manhunt, the suspect, 27-year-old Ashton Harper of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was found by state police in Lawrence County.

He was wanted on a warrant out of Wayne County and faces charges in Mt. Carmel that are related to this incident.

He’s now in Wabash County Jail.

Officials say they expect more charges.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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