Two arrested after shots fired in Joliet
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org August 20, 2012 3:48PM
Updated: September 22, 2012 6:23AM
JOLIET — Two men were arrested after reportedly being pursued by officers who heard shots fired early Saturday.
Around 3:20 a.m., officers on patrol heard gunfire in the 100 block of Hobbs Avenue and went to investigate, Cmdr. Rich Demick said. No injuries or damage was reported.
“We also received 911 calls about the shots indicating a Pontiac Grand Prix had driven away from the scene. Responding officers saw a Grand Prix driving west on Washington Street that refused to pull over and sped through several stop signs and traffic lights,” Demick said.
The driver, Katriel J. Walters, 27, apparently lost control and struck a tree near Second and Mississippi avenues. He and a 19-year-old woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and remained with the vehicle, Demick said.
“Meanwhile, another passenger, Xavier J. Travis, 18, attempted to run away but slipped trying to cross some uneven boulders and hurt his ankle, allowing officers to catch up and take him into custody,” Demick said.
A handgun was reportedly found in the back seat of the car. The 19-year-old woman was not charged.
Walters, of 509 Plainfield Road, was arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a suspended license and fleeing from police.
On June 18, Walters was attending a party in the 1400 block of Englewood Avenue when Ian C. Warren, 29, allegedly shot four people as part of “ongoing dispute.” Walters was struck in both legs but was “uncooperative” with investigators.
Travis, of 404 Herkimer St., was arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, reckless discharge of a firearm, armed violence, defacing the identifying marks of a firearm and resisting arrest. Travis was arrested in April for allegedly delivering narcotics near a school or park.