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Officers chase, arrest gunman after hearing gunshots near police station in Zion

Cyncere L. Tillman, 20, of Waukegan, was charged following a shooting in Zion Tuesday evening, police said. A Glock handgun was recovered. | Provided photo.

Zion police officers chased after and arrested a gunman who fired shots near their police station Tuesday evening.

Third shift officers with the Zion Police Department were having their pre-shift briefing around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

They heard three gunshots close by to the station and saw a dark-colored Dodge Charger driving eastbound on Salem Boulevard.

The Dodge then turned north on Gabriel Avenue and the officers rushed to their squads to give chase, police officials said.

The suspect vehicle was located in the 2300 block of Gabriel Avenue. Officers recovered a .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun under the front passenger seat.

The gun had fresh blood on the slide and magazine. The front seat passenger, Cyncere L. Tillman, 20, of Waukegan, had fresh blood on his hand.

Officers determined that a gunshot had struck his left thumb, causing it to bleed, police said. A .40 caliber casing was recovered in the 2100 block of Salem Boulevard.

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Tillman was arrested and charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

A Lake County judge ordered Tillman held in the Lake County jail on a $750,000 bond on Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in court again on August 12.


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