Sheriff: Weekend shooting of two men in Wayne Co., IL appears to be self-defense

Published: Jun. 29, 2015 at 3:38 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 5:45 PM CDT
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WAYNE CO., IL (WFIE) - Two men were shot over the weekend in Wayne County, IL and the sheriff's office says it appears to be a case of self-defense.

The sheriff says two men, who are white, made racial remarks to an African-American man, 26-year-old Erick Paula, at a party Saturday night.

We're told when Paula left with a friend, the two men, 22-year-olds Blaze Greenwood and Alex Barrowman, also left.

Paula's ride later dropped him off at his car.

The sheriff says when Paula was driving home around 3:30 Sunday morning, Greenwood and Barrowman came up behind him and flashed their lights. Paula pulled over because he thought the car was trying to pass.

The sheriff says Greenwood and Barrowman then confronted Paula and said they were "looking for a fight."

Paula warned them he had a gun permit and didn't want to fight.

The sheriff says the men continued to try to fight him, so Paula pulled out his gun and fired ten shots. Barrowman was shot once, and Greenwood was hit several times.

Both men are recovering.

The sheriff says Paula immediately reported what happened to the sheriff's office.

We're told it will likely be up to a grand jury if charges will be filed on anyone.

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