Possible Suspect In Republic Avenue Shootout Found In Garbage Can; Questioned But Released

A suspect located, questioned and later released following shootout in the 300 block of Republic Avenue on Joliet’s west side.

Joliet Police continue to investigation, it has since been determined  that occupants from both involved vehicles are believed to have fired upon each other while in  the 300 block of Republic Avenue. Additionally, it was discovered that an unoccupied building  at 316 Republic Avenue may also have been struck by gunfire during this shooting. One of the involved vehicles was believed to have been a Ford Edge.  

At approximately 2:45 p.m., Officers located the Ford Edge in the 1200 block of Galway Road.  The vehicle was unoccupied; however, information was developed that the vehicle had been  previously driven by a male and it was believed that this male may possibly be armed and in the  immediate vicinity. Officers established a perimeter of the area. A reverse 911 call was sent to local residents to shelter in place and nearby schools were also notified. Following an extensive  search utilizing K9’s and drones, Officers located the male hiding in a garbage can in the 1300  block of Ryehill Drive. The unarmed male was detained and transported to the Joliet Police  Department. Following questioning, the male was released without charge pending further  investigation of this shooting.  

This investigation remains very active and continues to develop at this hour. Anyone with  information or video footage related to this shooting, is encouraged to contact the Joliet Police  Department Investigation Division at 815-724-3020. They can also contact Will County Crime  Stoppers at 800-323-6734 or online at https://crimestoppersofwillcounty.org if they wish to  remain anonymous. 

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