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Pittsburg man charged after domestic altercation with family members

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PITTSBURG, Ill. (WSIL) -- A Pittsburg man is behind bars and he's charged with shooting at family members, into vehicles and at area buildings.

On Tuesday, News 3 spoke with the man's neighbors about what happened Monday evening on Fowler School Road.

According to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Billy Joe Williams got into an domestic altercation with some of his family members, obtained a rifle from his home and began shooting at them.

Upon law enforcement arrival Williams went back into his residence and refused to come out.

Williams neighbor's, Jerry White, was home at the time of the incident and said, the behavior Williams displayed was very unusual and he doesn't understand what could have made him react as he did Monday evening.

"He doesn't do drugs, never has, I mean we all drink a beer. Billy is just the kind of guy who wants to help everybody. What triggered him, I can't tell you because it takes a lot to make him mad," said Jerry White.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick said, Williams was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and then transported to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.

Williams is now facing unlawful use of weapons by a felon, domestic battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct.

Williams is being held in the Williamson County Jail pending a court appearance.


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Denise Turner

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