Evanston police have identified the man who shot a woman on Oct. 18 at 1725 Dodge Ave., said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department. When police arrived on the scene, they found the female lying on the driveway, with a single gun shot wound to her midsection, he said. On Oct. 20, Police Chief Richard Eddington told the RoundTable the victim was in stable condition.
In investigating the shooting, Evanston police conducted interviews, collected and processed physical evidence, and worked closely with the victim and witnesses, said Commander Guenther. Through these efforts, police identified a parolee as the lone shooter, he said.
As the investigation progressed, it became evident that the victim was not inclined to cooperate or pursue charges against the identified offender, said the Commander. The victim voluntarily signed a “complaint refusal on victim’s request,” effectively closing the investigation, he said.
While the State of Illinois may pursue criminal charges against a person even if the victim refuses to cooperate, Commander Guenther told the RoundTable that having the victim as a cooperating witness is a necessary component in most investigations, which aids in the successful prosecution of the identified defender. He said the States Attorney makes the decision based on the totality of the evidence.
The identified offender was on electronic monitoring, and he violated the terms of his parole when his GPS monitor registered him out of range at the time of the shooting, said the Commander. Evanston police secured a parole violation warrant, which resulted in the offender’s arrest and incarceration, he said.