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Police: Man arrested after shots fired incident

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

A Marion man was arrested Wednesday night after police were called to the area with a report of shots fired, according to MPD Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey.

Marion police were called to Second and Hill streets at 11:32 p.m. and, while searching the area, discovered two men walking in the 100 block of North Garfield Street who matched the caller's description of two possible suspects.

One of the men, a 25-year-old Marion man, obeyed the officers' request to stop and place his hands in the air, but the other man, William Lewis-Harbert, 25, ignored the officer and kept walking, telling police “I didn't do anything,” and “I'm not placing my hands in the air,” according to Dorsey.

While Lewis-Harbert continued to disregard police commands, officers noticed he had a gun in his right pocket. Finally, Lewis-Harbert got on the ground and placed his hands above his head, but continued to resist as officers attempted to handcuff him, according to Dorsey, “at which time (Lewis-Harbert) became aggressive refusing to be handcuffed,” and grabbed the officer's arm.

Officers used a stun gun on Lewis-Harbert and handcuffed him. The gun in Lewis-Harbert's pocket was a Ruger .380 semi-automatic handgun. A spent shell casing retrieved from the area where shots were fired was also a .380.

Lewis-Harbert was taken to the Grant County Jail early Thursday morning and charged with resisting law enforcement, possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. He was being held on a $45,005 bond.

The other man who was with Lewis-Harbert was not charged.