Man arrested after shots fired call in Wataga

A Wataga man is facing several charges after his arrest Monday morning for allegedly firing shots near Motzee’s.

According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called out to the North Depot Street bar at around 12:19 a.m. for the report of shots fired.

After investigating, the department determined that 43-year-old Nathan G. Iles was involved in a physical altercation in the roadway in front of the bar earlier in the night.

Following the altercation, he left the area and returned a short later on his motorcycle, driving on Willard Street and firing several shots in the proximity of the patrons of Motzee’s. Iles was later arrested at his home without incident.

Upon executing a search warrant of Iles’ South Union Street residence, the sheriff’s department found several firearms — two of which were handguns whose caliber matched that of the casings found at the shooting — as well as 41 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, and other narcotics paraphernalia.

He is charged with Armed Violence, Unlawful Use of Weapons, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Aggravated Battery, Disorderly Conduct, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon with a Cancelled FOID Card.

As of Monday morning, he is being held in the Knox County Jail awaiting a bond hearing. The case remains under investigation.