3 Arrested After Shots Fired At Peoria Police Officer

Nov 16, 2020

Peoria police are investigating after a suspect reportedly fired shots at a plainclothes officer in South Peoria.

Peoria Police Officer Amy Dotson said the officer saw an armed man get into a vehicle near MacArthur and Romeo B. Garrett and drive away around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

The officer followed the vehicle and called into dispatch to request marked patrol units to make a traffic stop.  As the officer followed them, police said the vehicle abruptly stopped, and one of the occupants got out to fire rounds in his direction.

The plainclothes officer didn't attempt to make a traffic stop himself, police said.

The suspect, 26-year-old Laeland Howard, then took off on foot, police. He was taken in for questioning at MacArthur and Third following a short chase. A gun was recovered in the area.

Harris was later arrested for aggravated assault, aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, obstructing police, an outstanding no-bond Tazewell County traffic warrant, and a $1,000 Peoria County traffic warrant.

Two occupants in the vehicle were apprehended at Martin Luther King and Third and taken in for interviewing.

Police said shell casings were recovered in the area where shots were fired.

A ShotSpotter alert on W. Fourth just after 12:30 p.m. are believed to be linked to this incident, police said.