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Crime & Courts

Montgomery man charged with murder in Aurora shooting

Chuckie E. Chatman
Chuckie E. Chatman

The Kane County State's Attorney's Office has charged a Montgomery man with first degree murder, a Class X felony, in connection with the shooting death of a man in Aurora last month.

In a press release, Aurora police identified the suspect as Chuckie E. Chatman, 30, of the 800 block of Victoria Drive.

Police said the state's attorney's office has also charged Chatman with four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony, and reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony, in the shooting death of a 39 year-old Aurora man.

Police said patrol officers were in the area of the 1100 block of Plum Street at approximately 12:05 a.m. Oct. 17 when they heard numerous gun shots being fired. Upon searching the area, police said officers located a 2006 Dodge Durango on Redwood Drive that had crashed into a tree and another vehicle parked nearby.

Police said the driver of one of the vehicles was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and then later transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove where he later died from his injuries Oct. 22.

Aurora Police Department’s Bureau of Investigations detectives, as well as investigators from the Aurora Police Department's Traffic Division responded to the scene and began investigating the specific circumstances of the incident. Evidence technicians also processed the Dodge Durango and determined that it had been struck by gunfire during this incident, police said.

Police continued their investigation into the incident and determined that someone had fired shots from another vehicle at the Dodge Durango, just seconds before it crashed. Detectives were ultimately able to identify Chatman as the suspect in the case.

Police said they are still continuing their investigation into the incident. Police ask that anyone with information about this shooting or details surrounding the incident to contact their Investigations Division at 630-256-5500 or call the Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000 to report information regarding the incident anonymously. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards up to $5,000 and anonymity to citizens who furnish information leading to the arrest of felony crime offenders and the capture of felony fugitives.

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