A suspicious death in Freeport is now a criminal investigation. It's the city's third homicide this year.
Freeport Police Department Deputy Chief James Drehoble can't say much right now. It's early in the investigation. We do know a 34 year-old man was found at his home in the 800 block of West Chestnut Street. It appears he was shot to death. Police aren't releasing his name, where he was shot or the number of times.
"We don't want that information to go out to possibly taint a jury pool or other things that are going on within the investigation." -Deputy Chief Drehoble says.
Based on evidence collected, detectives believe this wasn't a random crime. They say the victim most likely knew the suspect or suspects involved with his death.
One resident, who would only give us her first name, Ann, is surprised to hear about a murder on West Chestnut Street.
"I guess no matter where you're at in this town or in any town you still have the violence, but when you come to a good neighborhood you'd never think for one minute in this neighborhood that there would be a shooting. It's a very nice neighborhood; we're not too far away from a public park where kids go. It's shocking and it's sad." -she says.
If you have information that can help investigators, call Freeport police at (815)235-8222 or Stateline Area Crime Stoppers at 1(866)847-7669.
Officers with the Freeport Police Department are investigating after a 34-year-old man was found dead just after 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Police and EMS crews responded to a residence in the 800 block of West Chestnut for an unknown medical problem. There, they found the man dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
The investigation is ongoing and the victim's name has not yet been released. More information is expected this afternoon. We will update you as we receive it.
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