Centralia Man Jailed After Shooting Incident

(CENTRALIA, IL) — A 24-year-old Centralia man is in the Marion County Jail, awaiting the formal filing of charges and setting of bail for a Saturday morning shooting incident at the home of a relative. Qwinton “Turtle” Shackleford, was arrested Saturday for alleged armed violence, armed robbery, and aggravated battery with a firearm, after he allegedly shot a man over a dispute regarding a dice game. Myron Smith was taken from his North Cherry Street home to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment of a gunshot wound to his upper ankle. He was later released. Smith reportedly told police he was playing dice at his home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning with Shackelford and others when a dispute broke out over money. Smith said Shackleford became upset and made threats as he left the residence, only to return about 30 minutes later, with a gun demanding money. Shackleford allegedly shot Smith and took $200 in cash from him, then fired a second shot that didn’t hit anyone and left the residence. According to police, Smith was not going to report the shooting until the seriousness of the his injury required him to go to the hospital. Around noon, Centralia Police went to a home where Shackelford was reportedly staying, and received consent to search the residence. They reportedly located Shackleford hiding in a bedroom closet of the home and he was taken into custody without incident. Centralia police are still investigating a complaint from Smith that another $2,000 was taken from another location in the home where he says it was hidden.