A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a retired Chicago firefighter during an attempted carjacking, the Chicago Police Department announced Thursday.
The teen, who was not identified by the CPD, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by a task force in suburban Chicago Heights.
He is charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in connection with the death of retired Chicago Fire Department Lt. Dwain Williams. Williams, 65, was shot to death after leaving a store in the 2400 block of West 118th Street in Morgan Park on the afternoon of Dec. 3.
After Williams left the Let’s Get Poppin store, three people demanded his Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said. Surveillance video showed Williams ducked behind his car before drawing a gun and firing at one gunman, who shot back.
At least one other person fired at Williams, who was struck in the abdomen and died after being rushed to the hospital, police said.
A reward for the suspects’ capture had grown to about $34,000 when police released the video of the shooting on Dec. 8.
The number of carjackings in Chicago has surged in 2020, and several aldermen called Wednesday for City Council hearings to craft a new strategy.