Handguns, Live Ammo Found on Rutledge

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Rutledge shortly after 8 p.m. on February 14 to investigate a report of gunshots fired. Seven officers responded to the call.

Upon arrival, Corporal Scott Sheets heard three gunshots come from the backyard of the house officers responded to. According to police, the shots were fired in a steady cadence, approximately 1 to 2 seconds apart. A perimeter was established around the residence and Corporal Sheets went to the front door. Two juveniles answered. One of them asserted that he had been lighting firecrackers in the backyard just prior to the arrival of the officers, according to police. Police were unable to find any evidence of firecrackers in the backyard.

The juveniles were taken into custody.

Officers returned to the residence just before midnight on the 14th with a search warrant. Three other subjects were discovered at the house, including two juveniles and one 18-year-old man. A search of the residence was conducted and police discovered three handguns and a number of rounds of live ammunition. Police also found five spent .38 caliber rounds of ammunition in a bedroom.

After an investigation, two juveniles were arrested and charged with obstructing justice, and a third juvenile was arrested and charged on three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of cannabis.