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A fourth person has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of retired Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Dwain Williams during an attempted carjacking on Dec. 3rd . The veteran firefighter sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jaylen Saulsberry, 19, of Chicago Heights, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and on three warrants.  He was placed into custody at approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday night after being extradited from Pennsylvania.

A 20-year-old man, an 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy have also been charged in the shooting.

As seen in surveillance video, the suspects jumped back in the vehicle they arrived in as a fourth individual drove the car away.

Police said that it was the past crimes of an alleged carjacking crew around the Chicago area that helped lead to the first arrest.

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A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of retired Chicago Fire Lt. Dwain Williams earlier last month.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown tweeted Friday that an individual was arrested on a separate warrant in Pennsylvania by the FBI and is currently being held on a $2 million murder warrant. Chicago police are seeking his extradition to the city.

Devin Barron, 20, of Lynwood was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful use of a weapon on a person with a loaded firearm, both felonies, as well as one misdemeanor charge of possession of cannabis more than 10-30 grams, one count of being a fugitive from justice with an out of state warrant, and two counts of issuance of warrant earlier this week in connection with Williams’ death. Barron was taken into custody by the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force Saturday morning around 10 a.m. in Lansing, Ill. He was due in bond court in Chicago Monday.

Dwain Johnson, 18, and a 15-year-old boy who has not been identified by name have also been charged in the shooting.

Family, friends and a community said a final goodbye to Lt. Dwain Williams last weekend.

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Police charged 20-year-old Devin Barron of Lynwood, Illinois with first degree murder in the death of Dwain Williams. Barron, the third person charged, was arrest on Saturday in Lansing.

Williams was fatally shot during an attempted carjacking on Dec. 3 in Morgan Park after he was approached by four people. One of the people had a gun and fired shots, striking Williams in the abdomen.

Dwain Johnson, 18, of Gary, Indiana and a 15-year-old boy have also been charged in connection with Williams’s death.

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A second person, Dwain Johnson, 18, was charged as one of the carjacking crew who confronted 65-year-old Dwain Williams, killing him in an exchange of gunfire. Johnson, of Gary, Indiana, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force in suburban Oak Forest, police said. He appeared in court Friday, where he was denied bail on a count each of first-degree murder, attempted vehicular hijacking, unlawful possession of an automatic weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon.


On Thursday, a 15-year-old boy was charged as an unarmed accomplice in the shooting.

Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said the suspects were part of a group responsible for a number of other crimes in the area. Two other suspects haven’t been arrested.

In surveillance video of the shooting, two people with guns are seen approaching Williams as he walks towards his Jeep with a bag in his hand. Williams then retreats behind his car as a suspect with a gun rushes towards him. William fires his own gun and a suspect falls to the ground before returning to the car and fleeing. Williams was shot in the abdomen during the exchange of gunfire and died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

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A 15-year-old boy faces a murder charge in the fatal shooting of retired Chicago FD Lt. Dwain Williams earlier this month. The teen, who is not being identified because he is charged as a juvenile, was unarmed at the time of the shooting. He was with two other people who had guns when they confronted 65-year-old Dwain Williams Dec. 3 in an apparent robbery attempt. Police recovered a weapon and were testing it to see if it was used in the shooting.

Detectives are interviewing an adult, allegedly involved in the murder, and were still searching for two other adults. The group of carjackers, in a stolen Ford Fusion, allegedly followed Williams as he drove to Let’s Get Poppin’ at 11758 S. Western Ave. Surveillance cameras recorded the Ford as the driver parked near Williams’ SUV.

In the video of the shooting, Williams, walking toward his Jeep with a bag in his hand, is approached by two people with guns. Williams retreated behind his car as one suspect rushed toward him with a gun. Williams pulled out his own gun and fired. The suspect fell to the ground, jumped back in the car, and fled. Williams was shot in the abdomen and died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The Ford was found abandoned in Tinley Park Dec. 5. Prosecutors said DNA and fingerprints recovered from the Ford, as well as witnesses who identified him in still photos taken from surveillance footage, eventually led to the teen’s arrest. He faces multiple counts of first-degree murder, as well as a count of armed robbery. No charges against any other suspects have been announced.

The teen is a high school freshman in Chicago Heights. He lives with his mom and sister, and is active in sports and the local Boys and Girls Club.

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It’s been three days since retired Chicago FD Lt. Dwain Williams was killed in a shootout with three armed suspects in Morgan Park. Police believe his death was the result of an attempt to steal his Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The number of flowers continues to grow at a memorial and the amount of money being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in the case is growing, too. It’s now reached $34,000.

Adding $10,000 to the pot Sunday, the organization “I’m Telling, Don’t Shoot” has announced it has also hired an attorney to file a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of certain vehicles, Jeeps among them, which in recent months have increasingly become the target of would-be thieves and carjackers armed with programming devices that can remote start a vehicle without the key fob.

And while police said there is no evidence to confirm that Williams’ killers were attempting to engage in that kind of high-tech theft, they do say it’s been an increasing problem over the last year, which might partly explain the dramatic increase in this type of crime.

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Retired Chicago FD Lieutenant Dwain Williams was shot and killed Thursday afternoon during a carjacking attempt in Morgan Park that occurred around 2 p.m. when he was leaving a store at 11758 S. Western Ave. While walking to his vehicle, a dark-colored sedan pulled up and four men got out and bum rushed him. The men tried to take Williams’ vehicle. One of the assailants took out a gun and fired at least one shot, striking Williams in the abdomen. Williams had his own gun and fired at the assailants, but his wound proved fatal. 

Finishing 26 years of service, Williams retired two years ago after spending much of his time with Engine 122 at 79th Street and Michigan Avenue. His years of service were honored through a processional with full escort from Advocate Christ Medical Center to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office where Chicago firefighters were waiting. 

A loving husband of 30 years and a father two four has been taken away. 

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