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Topflight Grain in Pierson Station Scene of Possible Gunshots

This picture of Topflight Grain was taken after the gunshot incident.

By Doris Elmore
Staff Writer

Many people feel that living in a small town makes them immune to vandalism. Have a conversation with the local Atwood Police Department, Piatt or Douglas County Sheriff’s Departments or State Police. They will tell you “Bad things” happen anywhere at any time.

According to information from Piatt County Chief Deputy Thomas Apperson, on Tuesday, September 20, at approximately 2:50 p.m., the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Top Flight Grain Cooperative, located in the 100 block of S. Main Street in Pierson, in reference to possible gunshots being fired. Witnesses reported that projectiles were hitting objects in the immediate area where they were working and they had seen a male subject run back towards a near-by residence immediately following this incident.

Deputies from the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office arrived on-scene with assistance from the Atwood Police Department, Arthur Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police.

A perimeter of the area was established and officers spoke with witnesses to the incident. At approximately 3:15 p.m., a male subject, matching the description provided by witnesses, was located in the area of North Street & Center Street in Pierson. That subject was identified as Chad D. Gulley 47, Pierson.

The on-scene investigation resulted in a pellet gun being seized and Gulley was arrested and transported to the Piatt County Jail for preliminary charges of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

No one was injured in this incident.

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

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