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NEWS RELEASE City of Carbondale, Illinois January 17, 2023
On 01-16-2023 at 2:36 a.m., an officer conducting a directed patrol in the area of South Hayes Street and West College Street (Arbor District) heard several shots being fired. Other officers arrived to assist but were unable to locate the source of the shots at that time. No one reported injuries and no property was discovered to be damaged as a result of the shots fired. The investigation revealed that a silver jeep was seen traveling at a high rate of speed leaving the area within the time frame when the shots were fired. Officers located and stopped the jeep in the 1700 block of West Main Street. During the course of the investigation, officers arrested the driver, James E. Johnson, 29 of Carbondale, and charged him with Unlawful Use of Weapon by a Felon and Operation of a Motor Vehicle with Suspended Registration. Johnson was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. The investigation is active and ongoing.