- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A security officer in southwest Illinois was under the influence of cocaine when he recently shot someone in the back at a public housing complex, authorities said.

Arthur Sargent, 48, of East St. Louis, was charged with aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm, two counts of official misconduct and of driving under the influence of drugs, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1RrB3Iy ) reported.

Sargent surrendered Friday, and bail was set at $75,000, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said.

There was no answer Sunday at a residential phone number for Sargent. He was placed on administrative leave from his housing-authority security job immediately after the shooting.

The shooting occurred at the John DeShields Housing Complex in East St. Louis on April 25 as officers investigated burglary reports. The security officers are deputized sheriffs and are permitted to carry guns.

Sargent allegedly confronted the 20-year-old East St. Louis man and then shot him. His injuries weren’t life-threatening.

Despite the shooting and subsequent charges against one of its security officers, Kelly praised the East St. Louis Housing Authority, saying, they “have done a very good job the past couple of years reducing the amount of crime in public housing.”


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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