Lake Shore Drive completely reopened around 4:20 a.m. this morning, according to Chicago police, hours after a standoff lasting more than 8 hours closed lanes in both directions.
Police late Sunday took into custody a Chicago-area man wanted in connection with his wife's killing in Georgia after police pursued his car from south suburban Harvey to North Lake Shore Drive, where the car crashed and a standoff paralyzed the busy roadway.
The Henry County, Ga., sheriff's Office had contacted Harvey police about the location of a vehicle wanted in connection with a murder and police located the car about 12:24 p.m., but the car fled and was pursued to near Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, according to a statement from Harvey.
Georgia authorities contacted Harvey police about Joseph Andrew Felton Jr., 43, who is wanted in a murder warrant in connection with the slaying of his wife, Sheray Latriest Felton, who was found dead in her home in Hampton, Ga., on Saturday, according to Henry County police. Felton's sister told the Tribune that she has spoken to Felton during the standoff and he told her he was in the car.
About 9:30 p.m., a man from the vehicle could be seen being taken from the scene on a stretcher. Police would not confirm the name of the suspect and said he suffered lacerations to his body, either self-inflicted or from the crash. Police said the suspect intentionally rammed other vehicles during the chase.
Police used a "distractionary" device and the offender got out of the car on his own, chief of patrol Wayne Gulliford said Sunday night.
Witnesses earlier reported police firing at the vehicle just after the crash about 1 p.m., but police on Sunday night said they were still investigating whether shots were fired and by which department if any. They did confirm that one officer, two adults and one 10-year-old were treated and released for injuries earlier Sunday.
Police said extremely dark tinted windows on the vehicle hindered them from a quick resolution.
Police said the suspect told a negotiator he was heavily armed with guns, but it's not clear yet if that is true.
The pursuit began when Harvey police were given a description of the vehicle, its registration, GPS location and arrest warrant information on the suspect, Harvey spokeswoman Sandra Alvarado said. Henry County police have not yet been able to confirm that the person in the car is Felton, said Henry County police spokesman Sgt. Joey Smith.
Harvey police located the vehicle, which fled from officers about 12:27 p.m., beginning a chase on highways and interstates in the south suburbs and on the South Side of Chicago. Eventually the vehicle ended up on South Lake Shore Drive, and then North Lake Shore, where it crashed a little before 1 p.m. near Fullerton Parkway. The dark-colored car came to rest in the grass just to the east of the northbound lanes there and police were seen surrounding it with guns drawn, pointing at the vehicle.
Multiple witnesses said police fired on the suspect vehicle after a crash about 1 p.m. involving the car being pursued and a confrontation with police.
A witness from the Edgewater neighborhood was driving north on Lake Shore Drive when suddenly traffic stopped and four police squad cars drove by, he said. Then the suspect's car, "violently" smashed into the rear of another vehicle that was being driven by a woman, he said. Soon after that collision, the witness, who was driving with his wife and child, saw a police officer open fire on the suspect's vehicle, he said.
Then other officers opened fire and the witness said that between 10 to 12 shots were fired. The witness jumped into the back seat of his vehicle to shield his child and his wife crouched down on the floor to avoid getting hit by an errant bullet, they both said.
"I've never seen anything like this in my life," said the witness. "It was very violent."
The witness said the woman got out of the car before shots were fired, and she suffered a head injury. "Her head was bloody," he said, "and she had a boy in the car with her that had to be between 10 and 11."
Another witness said he saw the injured woman as well and heard multiple shots being fired near the scene.
For a while, Felton's sister Lastella Felton was on-scene encouraging Felton to surrender. Lastella Felton said was there because she thought "If he saw one of his sisters maybe he would come out," she said.
"We were shocked that he was in Chicago," she said.
By about 7:30 p.m., Lastella Felton had left the scene, but another sister was still there. Police had not allowed either of the sisters close enough for their brother to see them, Lastella Felton said.