Springfield man facing charges of reckless discharge of firearm, counterfeiting

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SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Police Department says one man has been arrested on multiple charges, including reckless discharge of a firearm and counterfeiting.

According to a release from Springfield police, an officer heard shots fired in the area of 15th Street and Kansas Street at about 1:17 a.m. on July 22.  Authorities say the officer saw an individual walking in the 1100 block of South 15th Street shortly after hearing the shots, and stopped the individual.

Springfield police say other officers responded to the area, and searched the area where the individual was first spotted, while the first officer spoke with the individual.  Springfield police officers say they found a loaded handgun and five spent shell casings near where the individual was first seen.

Authorities say the officers took the individual, identified as J'Quarius A. Renicks, 18, into custody.  During a search of Renicks, Springfield police say officers allegedly found 16 live rounds of ammunition and $1,200 in counterfeit fifty dollar bills.

Renicks was taken to the Sangamon County Jail, and faces preliminary charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, no valid FOID card, and counterfeiting.  Police also say there were no reports of property damage or injury in connection with this incident.

The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate this incident.  We will provide more details as they become available.  

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