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One arrested for Urbana shooting

A local man was arrested on multiple felony charges after he allegedly fired a shot near downtown Urbana and fled the scene Wednesday night around 8:35.

Michael Dean (pictured), 29, of 1063 South Main Street, Urbana, reportedly fired a shot in an alleyway on the east side of the 100 block of South Main Street.

Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell said no one was hit by the gunfire.

An off-duty St. Paris police officer, who was driving through the area, witnessed a man with a gun in an argument. As Urbana officers approached the location, a shot was fired. Dean fled on foot and discarded the gun.

A few minutes after the shooting, a deputy from the Champaign County Sheriff's Office located Dean in the 400 block of South Kenton Street.

The gun was recovered and taken as evidence.

Dean was charged with felony counts of having weapons while under disability, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of criminal tools, and illegal possession of a firearm on liquor permit premises along with a misdemeanor charge of discharging firearms.

Dean was recently released from prison. He has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for felonious assault and assault on a police officer.

Dean was lodged in the Tri-County Jail in Mechanicsburg.

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