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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Aggravated Battery with a Firearm Investigation

On 08-19-19 at approximately 1:08 a.m., City of Carbondale Police Officers responded to the 800 block of E. Grand Avenue for a report of shots fired. Officers discovered a 24 year old male victim with gunshot wounds. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time. The victim was treated at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and then transferred to a St. Louis area hospital for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The shooting suspects are described as three black males. The first suspect is described as having a light complexion, the second suspect is described as having dreadlock hair and the third suspect is described as being heavy set.

Further investigation revealed Derek Deon Brownlee Jr., age 24 of Chicago, IL, was in possession of between 100 and 500 grams of cannabis as part of this incident. Carbondale Police detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Brownlee Jr. for charges of Unlawful Possession with Intent to Deliver Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis. Bond has been set at $75,000. Neither Brownlee nor the victim are affiliated with the university. The investigation is still active and ongoing. Anyone with information about either the shooting, or the whereabouts of Brownlee, is encouraged to contact the Police Department at (618) 457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at (618) 549-COPS (2677).

Brownlee.jpgDerek Deon Brownlee Jr., age 24 of Chicago, IL

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this website. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime. Cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

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