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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Charges Filed Where Stray Bullet Struck Squad Car

February 8, 2024, Peoria, IL –Today, Donte A. Wright, 25, was charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Armed Habitual Criminal stemming from a shooting on Gale Avenue on January 26. No one was injured in the shooting, but a stray bullet hit a Peoria Police squad car. The state’s petition to detain Wright was granted, and he will remain in custody at the Peoria County Jail until his trial.


Around 5 pm on January 26, officers were responding to an accident at the I-74 overpass on Gale when officers heard 15 gunshots nearby and stray bullets flying past them. One of those bullets hit a Peoria Police squad car. During the investigation, detectives reviewed cameras in the area and eyewitness accounts to develop a suspect vehicle and suspect. In the camera images, a backseat passenger, identified as Wright, can be seen pointing a handgun outside the window. When Wright was taken into custody, a gun was recovered, and Wright admits to it being his. Tests on the gun match it to casings recovered from the shooting. 


This investigation is ongoing, and more charges are expected when the case proceeds to the Grand Jury. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Peoria Police Department at 309-673-4521.


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