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Murphysboro man fires gun while in police custody

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UPDATED 3:50 p.m. MONDAY, MAY 20

The Jackson County State's Attorney's Office says Eric Samuel Brown has been charged with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm in the direction of a police officer, one count of possession of contraband in a penal institution, one count of unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm. 

Brown is being held in the Jackson County on $500,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for June 11. 

Carbondale Police and Illinois State Police continue to investigate. 

ORIGINAL STORY

CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- A Murphysboro man fired a gun inside the Carbondale police station and barricaded himself inside on Saturday.

Officers say it happened around 1:40 p.m. 

Officers arrested Eric Brown, 36, after a report of theft and battery at Rue 21 on East Main St.

Brown was detained in the processing area when he pulled a gun and fired at the officer.

That officer was not hurt.

A crisis negotiator from Carbondale Police and Illinois State Police officials helped get Brown to give up his gun.

He's now charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of weapons, aggravated assault, bringing contraband into a penal institution, possession of a stolen firearm, and unlawful use of weapons by a felon.

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