Arrest made in deadly shooting


DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Police are investigating after a deadly shooting Friday.

Police responded to the corner of 800 King Street and 900 Van Dyke Street in Decatur. They confirm one person was shot and killed. He’s been identified as 30-year-old Ernest Wren of Decatur. The Macon County coroner says he died from a gun shot wound.

Police say a 26-year-old man was also shot and taken to the hospital. After detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and collected evidence they identified 23-year-old Deonta Merriweather as the person responsible for the shooting death of Ernest Wren. He was arrested and booked into the Macon County jail for first degree murder.

The investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests may be coming. Anyone with information is asked to call 217-424-2734 or Crime Stoppers at 217-423-8477.

Police have not released any additional details about the investigation. The area was blocked off for several hours.

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