URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly fired a shot in the air in the presence of his girlfriend Tuesday has been charged with two felony offenses.
Coreyon A. Duncan, 23, who listed an address in the 2300 block of Prairie Green, was arrested about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday after he emerged on his own from a home in the 500 block of Nathaniel Burch Drive in north Champaign, where he had been holed up for about 90 minutes while police surrounded the house.
State's Attorney Julia Rietz said a Champaign police report indicated that a neighbor heard an argument outside her home about 10:30 a.m.
She looked outside and saw a man and woman arguing. The woman was in a vehicle and the man had a gun and fired two shots in the air. He then pointed the gun at the woman and ordered her back inside the house. After the pair went in, the neighbor called police and reported what she had seen.
Champaign police arrived about 10:45 a.m. and, based on the information they had, called out the SWAT team. Bradley Avenue, just south of the scene, was blocked to through traffic. Several minutes after police were in place, the woman came out of the house unharmed.
Rietz said she initially claimed nothing had happened and that no one else was inside the home.
Shortly after noon, Rietz said, Duncan called 911 and said he wanted to surrender. He was then taken into custody.
He denied having a gun, so police obtained a search warrant for the townhouse.
Rietz said in the attic, officers found a loaded .380-caliber handgun that was wrapped in a child's T-shirt. Rietz said the woman who lived there denied any knowledge of a handgun but identified the T-shirt as belonging to her daughter.
Rietz said police also found a spent shell casing in the driveway.
Rietz's office on Wednesday filed charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of weapons against Duncan.
He is currently on probation for a 2010 felony theft conviction and a 2011 misdemeanor criminal trespass conviction. Rietz said he also has prior convictions for resisting arrest and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
If convicted of the more serious unlawful use of weapons charge, Duncan faces a mandatory prison term of between three and 14 years.