CENTRALIA — A shots fired call Sunday in Centralia led to the arrest of a 31-year-old Iuka man for unlawful possession of ammunition.
According to Centralia police, there were investigating a shots fired call early Sunday morning near Sixth and Poplar when a man on a bicycle spotted officers, jumped from his bike, dropped his backpack and fled on foot.
Officers ultimately apprehended Walter Williams in the 700 block of South Poplar. A search of his backpack reportedly revealed a container holding eight rounds of ammunition from a handgun, tools and items they believe to have been stolen.
Nothing at this time indicates Williams was responsible for the shots fired call. However, the items found in his backpack, along with the tools indicate he may have been involved in a burglary.
Due to his criminal history, Williams is eligible for extended term sentencing.
In addition to the Class 3 felony charge of illegal possession of a firearm or ammunition filed against him Monday, Williams was already facing a Class 3 felony charge filed in Marion County court in January for Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine.
His bail on the ammunition charge was set at $25,000. He’s next due in court October 22 for a preliminary hearing and first appearance with his court appointed attorney.