YEP: I Shot And Killed A Man In The Basement - Chicago, IL
Man: 'Yep, I shot and killed a man in the basement' :: The SouthtownStar :: News
Bad move to try and hide the body, but hopefully the most serious charge he faces involves evidence tampering.
A 59-year-old man admitted to police he fatally shot man who held a knife to his throat and tried to rob him Wednesday morning in Chicago's Englewood community.
Maurice Willis, 36, was found in a trashcan at 1244 W. 61st St., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
Police said they responded to the 1200 block of West 61st about 9:30 a.m., where the victim was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds.
Officers on patrol were flagged down by a person who said a man sitting on the porch at 1244 W. 61st St. just killed a man at that address.
An officer approached the man on the porch and the man allegedly said, “Yep, I shot and killed a man in the basement,” according to police.
The man and the officer entered the basement apartment where the 59-year-old showed the officer the weapon he allegedly used, a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, and the dead man, who had multiple gunshot wounds to his face and chest and was sticking halfway out of a city garbage can.
The man also told police the incident began when he was entering his basement apartment and Willis ran up behind him and held a knife to his throat.
The arrestee said words to the effect of, “OK, don’t hurt me, I got money here in the mattress,” according to police, who said when he went to the mattress he produced the revolver and shot Willis.
Police said he apparently panicked and tried to hide the body in the bin, which he planned on rolling back out into the alley. Police said the incident may be reclassified to self-defense.
Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.