A Jacksonville man is in custody this morning after police responded to a shots fired call last night.
Jacksonville Police arrested 29-year-old Mario Jackson of the 8-hundred block of North Clay after officers responded to the 2-hundred block of East Beecher to a report of a large disturbance at around 11:45 p-m.
Officers located the disturbance in the 4-hundred block of South East. While officers were investigating, they heard several gunshots to the immediate northwest. Officers went to the location in the 2-hundred block of East Beecher and located Jackson running into a house with a gun.
According to the press release, officers ordered Jackson to stop, but he continued into the residence and then walked back out without the gun. Officers took Jackson into custody; several other subjects were detained for questioning after they allegedly ran from the scene.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence Jackson ran into. During the execution of the search warrant, a gun was located. Jackson was arrested for aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.
Police Lieutenant Rodney Cox talks about what led up to the arrest.
“Basically, a boyfriend and girlfriend were breaking up, and she was removing or wanting him to remove his property from the residence. I think he had already started removing it, and then that turned into an argument and a fight, which then moved around the corner,” says Cox.
“Another girl and a car took off and made it around the corner, and that’s where officers found the majority of the people.”
Cox says there were no injuries reported.
He says the investigation is ongoing.
“We had a report of two different shooters. At this point, we haven’t collected the evidence to identify or have enough for an arrest on a second shooter at this point, but we do have some people of interest that we want to maybe talk to,” he says. “Charges could be pending down the road for additional subjects in this matter.”
Jackson remains in custody at the Morgan County Jail.
If you have any more information, call the Jacksonville Police Department at 479-4630 or Crimestoppers at 243-7300.
Updated at 1 p.m.