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Man arrested after police said he fired shots at an occupied Peru residence that included children

Police Chief: One man treated at IVCH with non-life threatening injuries

Semaj S. Jones
Semaj S. Jones

Monday night, a 37-year-old man was transported to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru with non-life threatening injuries after fleeing from being shot at while at a residence in Peru.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei said he fell down a ravine and became injured.

Police said another man, Semaj S. Jones, 34, of 322 East Dakota St., Spring Valley, was arrested on complaints of reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault. Jones was taken to La Salle County Jail pending formal charges and a bond hearing, police said.

Jones was taken into custody at 11:30 p.m. Monday at his residence.

Police said it appears multiple shots were fired at the residence at 2130 Market St. that was occupied by numerous individuals, including children.

At 10:16 p.m. Monday, Peru police arrived and learned the suspect fled the area.

The 37-year-old victim was injured also after fleeing from being shot at while at a residence in Peru. He fell down a ravine and became injured. The man reported he was picked up by a passerby who drove him to the La Salle police station minutes later.

Bernabei said the victim’s name is not being released and he was treated and released from IVCH with non-life threatening injuries. Bernabei said police were not sure of the 37-year-old man’s formal city of residency, but the man had been staying at the Market Street address.

“This situation clearly could have had tragic results and like everyone am happy no one was seriously injured or shot," Bernabei said in a press statement. "I am also pleased with the immediate and joint response from numerous police agencies that resulted in the alleged offender to be taken into custody in just less than 90 minutes. The investigation into the motive is continuing but preliminary we are investigating this to be a domestic related shooting.”

Peru Police were assisted by numerous local agencies during the incident and subsequent investigation. Assisting agencies were La Salle, Oglesby and Spring Valley police, Illinois State Police, La Salle County Sheriff's Office, La Salle fire and ambulance and La Salle County State’s Attorney's Office.

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