Fourth Suspect Charged in Murder of Retired Chicago Firefighter

Would-be car thieves were members of a “crew” that stole cars.
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Gunmen ambushed Williams to steal his car

Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune

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A fourth suspect has been charged in the killing of retired Chicago Firefighter Dwain Williams, 65, who was fatally shot during a carjacking gone wrong in December on the Far South Side.

Jaylen Saulsberry, 19, was charged with first-degree murder, Chicago police said. Saulsberry, of the 300 block of West 14th Place in Chicago Heights, was also wanted on three warrants.

He was arrested Tuesday about 5:15 p.m. at O’Hare International Airport after being extradited from Pennsylvania, police said. Saulsberry was expected to appear at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday for a bond hearing, his first appearance on the charges.

Three others including a 15-year-old boy, have already been charged with murder in the death of Williams, a retired Chicago fire lieutenant who traded shots with gunmen as they approached during an apparent ambush.

The Tribune has previously reported that police believe the would-be car thieves were members of a “crew” that stole cars in the south suburbs.

Police said two gunmen who emerged from the rear of a stolen black Ford Fusion that followed Williams’ maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee to a popcorn shop in the 2400 block of West 118th Street in the Beverly Woods neighborhood.

They waited for him to come out, and three left the Ford and confronted Williams. Williams pulled out a revolver from his waistband and exchanged gunfire, police said. Williams was hit once in the abdomen and collapsed.

The three got back into the car and sped down Artesian Avenue.

rsobol@chicagotribune.com

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