Oak Park police assist in nabbing alleged shooter

Chicago cops chased suspect after he bailed from vehicle

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Little information has been released about a substantial police presence in Oak Park near North and Harvey avenues on Monday evening, but Chicago police report they have arrested a man who allegedly fired a gun in the 5800 block of West Erie Street.

Devin Spencer, 24, of the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard, was arrested on Sept. 14, and charged with criminal trespass to a residence and reckless misconduct, Chicago police spokeswoman Michele Lemons said in a telephone interview.

She said officers responded to shots fired at 4:25 p.m. and upon arrival to the 5800 block of West Erie, witnessed Spencer and at least one other offender in a vehicle at the intersection of Mayfield and Ohio.

Chicago police followed the vehicle to the intersection of Merrimac and Wabansia, Lemons said.

"The offender bailed out of his vehicle at one point and the officers gave chase and one offender [Spencer] was place into custody," Lemons said.

Spencer was in bond court on Tuesday and was released after posting $500 on a $5,000 bond, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. He returns to court on Sept. 23.

Oak Park Sgt. Michael Lepczynski said in a telephone interview that Oak Park police assisted Chicago cops by setting up a perimeter around the area of North and Harvey avenues. Lepczynski said that a suspect at one point had run into a nearby grocery story, although he did not identify the business.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Judith Alexander from Oak Park  

Posted: September 17th, 2015 5:38 PM

There appears to be a typo in the story. The shooting and search for suspects took place Monday, Sept. 14th. I know there is a telephone disaster warning system in Oak Park. I wonder if it could be used in cases like this, where only a section of town needs to be warned. That would help people get their kids off the street and get inside themselves.

Deborah Wess from OP  

Posted: September 17th, 2015 5:31 PM

Major police action this afternoon, too. OP police assisting Forest Park police in Harlem right by Parky's. Then several officers in vests making an arrest on S. East around 4:30.

Jennifer Malloy Quinlan from Oak Park  

Posted: September 17th, 2015 5:24 PM

Scores of Oak Park and Chicago police cars speeding around the neighborhood, down side streets and alleys, all while kids were playing in their yards and in the nearby school and playground. Helicopters were flying low for hours. Police were telling neighbors that there were suspects (!!) on the loose and all the policemen searching with their weapons out and ready to shoot. I would hope in the future a situation like this would be handled in a far more responsible fashion. Yay- the found the second guy on September1? None of this makes sense.

Judith Alexander from Oak Park  

Posted: September 17th, 2015 2:47 PM

There were a number of police cars on North and Harvey Avenues around 5 PM, and a police helicopter overhead. One police car was observed searching the alley between Harvey and Ridgeland Unfortunately, this suspect apparently was not apprehended.

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