On May 8, at 3:22 p.m. an Evanston police officer was on patrol in the area of Simpson Street and Dewey Avenue when he heard approximately five gunshots coming from the east alley of the 2100 block of Dewey. The officer then observed a sliver Jeep Commander fleeing the alley. The officer attempted to stop the Jeep to investigate further, said Commander Ryan Glew of the Evanston Police Department.
The officer activated his lights and attempted to stop the Jeep, but it did not stop. The officer pursued the Jeep, but terminated the pursuit when the Jeep crossed Ridge Avenue at Lincoln Street. After terminating the pursuit, bystanders told the officer that the Jeep had crashed into a fence in the 700 block of Lincoln Street.
The officer located the Jeep unoccupied. Additional officers arrived on the scene and a search for the offenders and evidence was initiated. A loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun was recovered on the ground near the Jeep, said the Commander. Two suspects were located in the area. The suspects, a 29-year old man from Chicago and a 30-year old man from Evanston, were transported to the Evanston Police Department for further investigation, said the Commander.
Detectives investigated and the gun was processed. The processing of the handgun led to the recovery of a fingerprint that belonged to the 29-year old suspect. The investigation established that 30-year old man was the driver of the Jeep during the pursuit. Both men were charged, said the Commander.
No one was injured in the pursuit and crash. A portion of fence was knocked over and the Jeep sustained minor damage in the crash. The original shooting caused some vehicle and property damage but a gunshot victim was not located, said the Commander.