Springfield police investigate pair of incidents

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SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Police Department is investigating a pair of incidents that happened Monday evening.

Springfield police say the first incident happened at about 4:40 p.m. in the 2000 block of East Cedar.  Officers say they received reports of a vehicle in the area being struck by gunfire.  Police say the vehicle was located several blocks away from the scene, and that the driver reported that two unknown men shot at his vehicle as he stopped by a residence to pick up a friend.  No one was injured in this incident, and Springfield police continue to investigate.

Authorities say the second incident happened at about 5:50 p.m., as the Springfield Police Department received a report of a possible shooting/robbery at the Popeye's Chicken location in the 2800 block of East South Grand Avenue.  Upon arriving, officers took Brandon Blunt, 22, Lontonio Smith, 27, and Marcus Newman, 30, into custody.  A fourth man, Brian Turner, 23, was taken into custody after a short foot chase.

Springfield police say their preliminary investigation revealed that all four men drove to a business on South Grand Avenue.  Shortly afterward, police say the men got into an argument, resulting in Newman running from the vehicle, and Smith allegedly chasing after him with a handgun.  Police say Smith allegedly handed the gun off to Blunt, at which time Blunt accidentally shot himself in the foot.  Authorities say Newman ran inside Popeye's Chicken, where he was confronted inside by Smith and Blunt, while Turner drove the vehicle to the establishment.

Springfield police say an officer attempted to detain Turner, but Turner got out of the vehicle and ran from the officer.  The officer reports that Turner was allegedly observed dropping several bags of crack cocaine in a sewer drain, and that Turner was taken into custody shortly after.  Springfield police say Blunt was taken into custody after returning to the car, as was Smith and Newman.  Officers say Smith reported that he had allegedly been robbed.  Police say they found a handgun, suspected cannabis, crack cocaine, heroin, and two unidentified pills during a search of the vehicle.

Springfield police say Turner faces preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, Blunt faces preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, and unlawful use of a weapon, and Smith faces preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, unlawful use of a weapon, and aggravated assault.  Police also say that Newman was released without charges.

The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate.  If you have any information regarding these incidents, you are asked to call (217) 788-8427.

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