Paxton man arrested in Farmer City shooting

Paxton man arrested in Farmer City shooting

CLINTON — A Paxton man is expected to be formally charged this week in connection with the shooting of a Danville man in Farmer City Sunday evening.

DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner said Jesse L. Emmerson. 27, was arrested Monday for allegedly shooting Jason Allison, 36, of Danville.

The state’s attorney’s office expected to charge Emmerson with aggravated battery with a firearm.

Shofner said the two men didn’t know each other well but had associates in common.

On Sunday night, there was a group of people at a home in rural Farmer City who got into a disagreement. That argument moved inside the city limits and resulted in Allison getting shot in a car in an alley just north of Illinois 54 in the business district, Shofner said.

After being shot in the chest, Allison, who was alone in the car, then drove about a half-mile down the road to a Huck’s convenience store.

“He went inside and told them he’d been shot and collapsed,” Shofner said.
He entered the store about 9:15 p.m., Shofner said.

Allison was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where officials had no information about him Tuesday. However, Shofner said he was told Monday that Allison was in stable condition and expected to survive.

Shofner declined to comment on a possible motive.

“We’ve done a lot of interviews and investigation to put this together. We’re confident with evidence we’ve collected,” he said, adding that Emmerson was picked up about 11:30 a.m. Monday and arrested Tuesday.

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